Punjab, KP green-signal public transport restart

Halt to go on in Sindh and Balochistan

By: News Desk      Published: 10:42 PM, 15 May, 2020
Punjab, KP green-signal public transport restart

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab have announced restarting public transport service from Monday while Sindh and Balochistan will continue with the halt.

According to KP info aide Ajmal Wazir, transporters can resume their business following the Standard Operative Procedure to stem the spread of coronavirus.

He added the SOPs will be carved out after consultations with the commissioners and local transport authorities. Ajmal said fares will also be reviewed in wake of decrease in prices of petroleum products.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar allowed transporter to resume the service following protective measures. The transporters gave assurance that they could abide by the guideline.

According to Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani, the chief minister will take the final decision as it was difficult to make traders abide by protective measures. The government has concerns and the chief minister will decide on the matter.

Similarly, Sindh Transport Minister Awais Shah said the restrictions on transport has been extended due to exponential rise in coronavirus cases as the SOPs were not being followed. The matter should’ve been discussed in the National Coordination Committee (NCC).

Earlier in a televised media briefing, Prime Minister laid stress on resuming transport service as suspending the service adds to common person’s problems.