LAHORE:10 special trains to operate on Eid ul Fitr says Ministry of Railways
Pakistani Railways have announced that they will operate 10 special trains on the occasion of Eidul Fitr by following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) against COVID-19, as the load on existing trains increases during the Holy Holiday.
The schedule for trains:
- First train to run from Karachi to Lahore on May 7
- Second train to run from Karachi to Lahore on May 8
- Third train to run from Karachi to Lahore on May 9
- Fourth train to run from Karachi to Lahore on May 10
- Fifth train to run from Lahore to Karachi on May 7
- Sixth train to run from Lahore to Karachi on May 8
- Seventh train to run from Lahore to Karachi on May 9
- Eighth train to run from Lahore to Karachi on May 10
- Ninth train to run from Karachi to Rawalpindi on May 11
- Tenth train to run from Karachi to Rawalpindi on May 12
To make it easier for citizens to spend the Eid holidays with their families and loved ones, the first special train will depart today, May 7, from Karachi to Lahore on 7 May, while two other special passenger trains will depart from Karachi to Lahore on 9 and 11 May.
The public relations department also finalized the agreements for special trains between Karachi and Lahore from 7 to 8 May.
On the descending platform, a passenger train will leave for Karachi on 11 May, while another train will run from Karachi to Rawalpindi on the same day.
The PR management has also finalized arrangements for special trains between Karachi and Lahore on May 7 and 8. On the down track, a passenger train will leave for Karachi on May 11, whereas, another train will be run from Karachi to Rawalpindi on the same day.
Another special train will be run between Karachi and Multan on May 12.
Karachi-Lahore Jinnah Express passengers will adapt to the Karakoram Express as the railway administration has suspended Jinnah Express, Karachi Express, Pak-Business Express and Karachi-Islamabad Green Line Express.
According to railroad officials, passengers who confirmed suspended train tickets will be changed to other trains.
They added that Sir Syed Express will go from Karachi to Islamabad on the Faisalabad and Lahore route and that Green Line Express passengers will adapt.
Jinnah and Pak-Business Express travelers will fit the Karakoram Express.
Last month, eight trains running between Lahore and Karachi were suspended due to passenger shortages due to the coronavirus.
In March, Pakistani Railways had placed restrictions on train reservations, following the directives of the National Command Operations Center (NCOC) to stop the spread of the coronavirus across the country.
The railways had made the decision following an increase in coronavirus cases in the country, according to a notification.
Pakistani Railways had ordered all division superintendents to ensure train bookings did not exceed 70% capacity, implement coronavirus SOPs, and not allow any passengers to board without a mask.
The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) has also banned Chaand Raat bazaars, including mehndi, jewelry/ornaments, and clothing stalls.
The statement said all markets, businesses, and stores will remain closed, with the exception of essential services which include supermarkets, pharmacies, bakeries, vegetable, fruit, chicken and meat stores, and gas stations.
Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), announced the imposition of holiday closures in light of decisions made by the NCOC late last month.
Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid warned that the next 15-20 days will be “very important” in the government’s efforts to control the coronavirus situation. She urged people to celebrate Eid in a simple way and to follow precautionary measures.