ISLAMABAD–In spite of a record decrease in the price of petroleum products, no reduction in public transport fares has been seen in twin-cities.
The Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif announced cut in the prices of petroleum products to the least which made petrol cheaper than CNG. But the transport authorities of twin-cities did not reduce the fares.
The transporters are charging the same old fares from the public which is notwithstanding to the orders of the Prime Minister.
The provincial and district governments were clearly ordered by the Prime Minister regarding the reduction in transport fares, but the orders of PM are not being followed in twin-cities.
Transporters of collecting the same old fares; Rs. 30 from Secretariat and Aabpara to Sadar, Rs. 25 from AAbpara to Shamsabad, Rs. 25 from Radio Chowk to Kutchery Chowk, Rs. 20 from Zero-Point to Faizabad and Rs. 22 from Karachi Company to Faizabad are being collected.
The administration of twin-cities is silent about the fares issue, in other words allowing transporters by itself to collect unfair fares from the passengers.
When media sought the citizens’ opinion, Mubashar Ahmad, Syed Bilal Shah and Sohrab Satti said that even when petrol is easily available on a price lesser than CNG price, fare of any route should not be more than 15 rupees.
On the other hand the transporters were justifying the collection of undue fares that they have not yet received any instruction regarding the reduction of fares, so they have no choice but to follow the same old instruction.