Transporters fleecing passengers

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A large number of people living Karachi are leaving for their native towns to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr and the transporters taking full advantage of the situation are fleecing them before Eid-ul-Fitr by charging extra fares.

All bus and wagon terminals are jam packed with passengers as people are leaving for their native towns to celebrate Eid. People are travelling through buses and wagons because of uncertain situation of trains. The passengers were seen wandering from terminal to terminal to find seats in the buses and wagons. The passengers at bus stands complained that the transporters are overcharging big time. They said that transporters are taking full advantage of special occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and demanding higher fares but concerned authorities are doing nothing in this regard.

“The government should arrange special trains and buses at least on special occasions like Eid to provide relief to the public”, a passenger demanded. Another said that transporters are charging full seat fare for luggage.

They are also charging full seat ticket for a kid as well, he added. On the other hand Pakistan Railways Police has issued instructions to all superintendents of police (SP) railways to tighten security in trains as well as at stations to avoid any untoward incident during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

The department had directed all SPs railways to depute sufficient force at exit and entry points of all railway stations and strict watch to be carried out for suspicious persons, an official told.

Pakistan Railways Police Commando Force would be deputed at vulnerable installations and in trains, while bomb disposal staff would also be kept on alert for searching luggage and passengers at railway stations.“The SPs railways directed to conduct complete check and search of empty rakes before trains reach the platforms for departure for their destinations,” the official added.

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