QUETTA: The Balochistan Government has decided not to resume Balochistan public transport services for fear of spreading the coronavirus and the even discouraged people from travelling.
A high level meeting took place on Monday presided over by Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan where concern over opening of Balochistan Public Transport services was expressed.
It was discussed that resuming Balochistan Public Transport services without proper standard operating procedures being implemented and followed would lead to further spread of the virus even in remote areas and villages that were currently safe.
It was therefore decided at the meeting that the government will not allow public transport to resume in the province and Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan urged people to avoid travelling saying that people in Quetta should avoid leaving and similar people should avoid coming to Quetta as the city had a high number of infected people which could lead to further infections.
However, Pakistan Railways will start operations from Wednesday and Jaffar Express will resume from Quetta to Rawalpindi however Quetta Express and Bolan will remain suspended till further notice.
Furthermore, it was also discussed at the meeting that Balochistan will get more personal protection equipment (PPEs) kits after Eid-ul-Fitr to help fight the pandemic as well as 75 more ventilators will be purchased soon raising the total quantity available to 100.