LAHORE - The Lahore Transport Company has reduced the fares of public transport by more than 7 per cent to give relief to the general public.

The LTC has reduced the intra city fares of non-AC urban diesel buses from one to three rupees in different stages in respect of distance and the minimum fare would be Rs 12, similarly in LOV public service vehicles such as mini buses, wagons etc the fare is reduced from one to two rupees in various stages on urban routes.

Adviser to Chief Minister and Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassan said that reduction in petroleum prices would make significant impact on daily essential items and public transport fare.

“It is the vision of Prime Minister and Punjab Chief Minister that prompt relief is to be reached to the common man and this reflects that public friendly government represents the true aspirations of people,” the adviser added. He said the Punjab government would strictly implement the recent decrease in public transport fare for speedy relief to the people.

LTC CEO Haider Latif directed the enforcement staff to proceed against those public service vehicles if found in overcharging of transport fare, asides from this people can register their complaints of overcharging of public transport fare on the LTC helpline number (042-111-585-111).

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has issued a notification of new transport fares. This was stated by Provincial Minister for Food and Chairman Cabinet Price Control Committee Bilal Yasin while presiding over a meeting, on Thursday. Provincial Minister for Industry Ch Shafiq Gujjar, Additional Secretary Industry, Secretary Transport and concerned officers were also present on the occasion. The transport secretary informed the meeting that a notification for decreasing transport fares according to new prices of petroleum products have been issued, according to which, seven percent decrease has been made in the fares of vehicles running on petrol whereas eight percent in the vehicles running on diesel on inter-city routes.

He told that 2,331 petrol pumps were raided last night and a fine of Rs7.31 lakh was imposed to petrol pumps involved in overcharging, FIRs were also registered against nine owners of pumps, five were arrested whereas 26 petrol pumps were sealed.

The meeting was told that commissioners and DCOs had been directed to implement new fares and raiding teams had been constituted by the district administrations.

Bilal Yasin said that provision of maximum relief to the people was priority of the government. He warned that no negligence would be tolerated in this regard. He directed that new fares should be implemented strictly.