‘Lock-down causing Rs 1 billion losses to railways every week’

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Sunday said Pakistan Railways was facing loss of one billion rupees every week due to lock-down in the country.

Every week, the railways was losing Rs one billion due to the suspension of train service in wake of coronavirus threat, he stated while talking to a private news channel programme. Commenting on the time frame for the resumption of train service, he said the decision would be taken after April 14.

He hoped that after normalisation of situation, 22 trains could be made operational to facilitate the passengers waiting anxiously for enjoying comfortable service to reach their homes. Giving the example of India, the minister said people living in the neighboring country had to face immense trouble due to the closure of communication system. He added that some people while travelling long distances by foot had lost their lives because they could not find train or any other communication services for reaching their home.

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