KP transporters throw new fare list in dustbin

Peshawar—Despite announcement of a big cut in prices of petroleum products by the federal government, the transporters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were seemed reluctant to reduce the fares for passengers and have thrown the new fare list issued by the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) into dust bins. A visit to the general bus stand revealed that fares of public transport for inter-district and inter-provincial routes were not reduced.
Ironically, despite a slash in prices of petroleum products, the transporters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were charging at least 20 percent extra from the passengers and no one from the government functionaries was there to rectify the situation. The transporters have argued logic that if government wanted to reduce the fares by transporters then Adda and other taxes should also be reduced.
They said if transporters were further pressed for reducing fares they would go on strike and stage a wheel jam protest. The passengers however demanded the provincial government to look into the matter and reduce fares of public transport as done in Punjab.
Meanwhile it is reported from Sargodha that seven percent reduction in fares of all kinds of transport has been announced after successful negotiations between Transporters Association and Dstrict Administration. A meeting was held with DCO Saqib Manaan in the chair.
The meeting was also attended by Secretary RTA Asif Iqbal Malik, Patrolling and Traffic Police officials. Addressing the meeting, the DCO said the federal government had announced decrease in prices of petroleum products due to which transport owners had to decrease transport fares to provide relief to citizens. The DCO directed the transporters to ensure display of fares at a proper point at bus stands and other public transport places.
Meanwhile, people belonging to various walks of life have highly appreciated Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s step of decreasing petrol prices by Rs 8.48. Chairman Bahawalpur Economic Development Forum Dr Rana Muhammad Tariq has said that the decision will help in overcoming inflation and will directly benefit common man.
Former President Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry Atif Aziz said that Prime Minister has won hearts of people by decreasing fuel prices which were already at lowest in the region. Industrialist Pervaiz Shoukat said that the decrease in fuel prices will cut the cost of production and eventually products’ price would be reduced which will benefit the consumers. Leader of Transporters Union Ch Muhammad Tahir said that transport fares would be reduced after this decision to facilitate the passengers.—APP

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