Transporters increase fares after hike in fuel prices

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Transporters have hiked inter-city fares of the pas-senger buses after an unprecedented hike of Rs84 in fuel prices during the past 15 days. According to details, the fares of the passenger buses from Lahore have been hiked by Rs400 to Rs500.

The fare for Rawalpindi has been jacked up from Rs2000 to Rs2250, Faisalabad from Rs1050 to Rs1250, Sar-godha Rs950 to Rs1100 and Peshawar Rs2300 to Rs2500. For Murree, the fare has been hiked from Rs2300 to Rs2450 while those travelling to Karachi will now be charged Rs4800 as compared to Rs4300 previously. For Khanewal, the bus fare will be Rs1650 and for Sadiqabad, it has been jacked up to Rs2700.

The passengers have lamented the hike from the transporters saying that it is the consumer that will have to suffer from the increase in fuel prices as the government has once again neglected the under-privileged segments of the society.

“The government should immediately withdraw the increased prices of fuel,” said one of the passenger traveling from Lahore. The PML-N-led coalition government on Wednesday has jacked up petrol price by Rs24 per litre.

The announcement was made by Finance Minister Miftah Ismail while addressing a press conference in Islamabad, citing government was not in a position to bear more subsidies anymore. He said that the new prices will come into effect from 12 am on June 15.