The train is ready to resume all train operations: Sheikh Rashid | Instant News


– Freeway hospitals throughout the country to treat their employees

RAWALPINDI: Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Tuesday said Pakistan Railways had completed all arrangements to resume railroad operations suspended due to a coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Speaking with media people here at Rawalpindi Railway Station after receiving a shipment of masks and hand sanitizers donated by the China Railway Company, he said that 142 trains will return to the track within 24 hours after Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan announced to end the lockdown.

He inspected the quarantine center that was set up with trainers at the train station and directed the relevant authorities to remain alert in the face of any emergency.

“A special quarantine center was set up in 40 trains,” he said, further informing that the Pakistan Railroad carried more than 165,000 passengers from Karachi by train until the last operational day while maintenance and repair work for all trainers and locomotives would be carried out during the suspension of train operations because the train staff works day and night to complete assignments.

The railroad minister thanked the China Railroad Group for donating 5,000 masks and sanitizers for CDL Train Workshop and Factory workers. “This will be distributed among railroad workers and workers to ensure their safety against the corona virus,” he said.

He said that precautions had been adopted at all the country’s train stations against the corona virus and special quarantine gates had also been installed at the train station.

“We have also ordered the purchase of 12 to 14 more ventilators for isolation centers while all railroad hospitals throughout the country will be available to service their employees after the coronavirus situation,” he added.

Sheikh Rashid said that Prime Minister Imran Khan tried hard to provide assistance to residents during this testing period.

The Minister concluded by saying that even developed countries with strong economies are struggling against the coronavirus pandemic, but assured that the Pakistani government, despite its limited resources, handled the issue bravely through effective planning and timely measures.



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