Lahore : The Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has given permission to ply inter-city and inter-district transport for providing relief and creating ease for a common-man in transport sector besides announcing 20 percent decrease in transport fare.
He said that 20 percent decrease in transport fares will provide huge relief to the common man.
He further maintained that Punjab government has also decided to allow online taxi & transport service to operate, however, public transport and online taxi & transport service will have to ensure the implementation on SOPs evolved in this regard. He said that wearing masks been made mandatory for the passengers, drivers and conductors. There will be ban for keeping sanitizers in the bases and proper and necessary distance will be maintained between the passengers.
He said that rich people are travelling on their vehicles whereas transport service is closed for the poor which multiplying their difficulties. He said that government, by realizing the difficulties of the common man has decided to open intercity and inter-district transport service and recommendations of Steering Committee has been approved in this regard.
He said that SOPs evolved for maintaining social distance at bus stands will be observed. Buses will be disinfected after reaching their destination from one place to another.
A high level video-link meeting of Cabinet Committee set up to deal with coronavirus was held under the chair of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at CM’s Office, today, which took a number of important decisions.
Usman Buzdar said that Punjab government has also decided to open mega shopping malls under SOPs. Power-looms have also been given permission to work, however, Industries department will have to take measures to ensure the implementation on already devised SOPs in this regard. Punjab government has also decided to allow to start Communal Service in the Churches on Sunday under the SOPs.
He said that corona threat is not over yet and we need to be more careful. He said that government has to safeguard its citizen from corona and from hunger as well. He appealed the citizens to show responsibility.
Provincial Ministers Raja Basharat, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan, Chief Secretary, IGP, SMBR, ACS (Home), Commissioner Lahore Division, Secretaries of Finance, Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education, Primary & Secondary Healthcare, Industry and Information departments and concerned authorities attended the meeting while provincial minister Hashim Jawan Bakht, military officials, secretary local government, CEO Urban Unit, DG PDMA, secretaries of P&D, Labour, Agriculture, Food departments and Chairman PITB participated in the meeting via video link.