ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Railways has suspended its passenger operation at a track of ML-1 from Khanpur to Hyderabad due to flood near Nawabshah.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Minister for Railways and Aviation Khawaja Saad Rafique said that railway track of around 10 kilometer near Nawabshah is under flood and there is around 18 inches water there. He said that Pakistan Railways, divisional headquarters and regional headquarters had decided to close the passenger operation on this particular track of ML-1 while other track of ML-1 from Peshawar to Multan would remain operational.
According to SOPs of Railway, its tracks are closed in case of 6 inches water there and a portion of track near Nawabshah has been flooded with 18 inches water. Only passenger operation is being closed there for safety of the people who would be reimbursed their fare amount, the minister said.
He said that various tracks at ML-2 and ML-3 damaged by flood have been already closed. An important bridge on ML-3 track was swept away in the flood and talks had been underway with NLC for alternate arrangement there to restore the railways operations, he maintained.
The minister said that railway track from Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpur Khas would remain operational and every railway bridge would be revisited within next 72 hours to tackle any issue there. He said that shuttle trains would be run in those areas not affected by the flood.