KARACHI: The provincial government on Monday told the Sindh High Court that standard operating procedures (SOP) had been developed for the resumption of inter-city transportation.
The Secretary of Transportation and Mass Transportation Sindh submitted a comment before a bench of two judges chaired by Chief Justice Omar Sial in a petition submitted by the highest council of all Pakistani transporters and others who sought the restoration of intercity public transportation.
The Secretary in his comments stated that in accordance with previous court orders, a meeting was held with all stakeholders in his office on May 21 and the transportation department peacefully developed SOPs for the transportation service operations of the stands and designated terminals.
It was conveyed in the comments that transportation services are very important, but steps are being taken to protect the precious lives of the passengers and crew during the pandemic outbreak.
Three bus terminals have been notified for the Karachi division
A consensual SOP had been made for the resumption of transportation services only from the designated terminal and was notified, he said and added that for the Karachi division three bus terminals had been notified.
One for Superhighway-bound vehicles from the Karachi bus terminal to Hyderabad-Sukkur-Larkana-Sanghar-Shaheed Benazirabad and vice versa; for National Highway-bound vehicles, the KMC terminal in Korangi to Hyderabad-Thatta-Badin and vice versa and for the KMC terminal in Yousuf Goth for vehicles bound to the RCD Highway.
They also informed the bus terminals in the Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Larkana divisions.
The transportation secretary further stated that all actions relating to restrictions on public transportation were taken for the greater public interest and security because the Sindh government was obliged to protect life and freedom under Article 9 of the Constitution.
An all-out effort has been considered to restore public transport services with protective measures, he concluded.
The provincial transportation department also made several suggestions regarding the resumption of inter-provincial transportation and the bench led the applicant to go through this recommendation and submit their answers.
Published in Dawn, 2 June 2020
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