ISLAMABAD  – Despite reasonable cut in prices of petroleum products and CNG, the public transport plying in twin cities were in no mood to reduce latest increase in fare.

It was learnt that around 60 to 70 per cent of the population of the twin cities use public transport to reach their destinations and commuters travelling on daily basis are worst hit due to latest increase in the fares of public transport in the head of surge in fuel prices some days back.

The increase in fares affects the commuters, particularly students, low-income and daily-wage workers who had already been on a tight budget. Commuters lauded the government for bring down fuel prices but deplored public transporters for not withdrawing raise in fare and not allowing to pass on the benefit to general public. Moreover, arguments and quarrels have become a routine between transporters and commuters, as many were not ready to pay high fare despite decrease in prices of fuel. Muhammad Tariq, a student talking to INP said that it was not possible for him to pay fare in his pocket money after the recent increase in fare, adding that he spends most of his pocket money on fares of public transport.

Munawara Karim, a private organization employee, said that she has to travel from Saddar to F-6 to attend office on daily basis and pay Rs30 in term of fare. She said the latest transport fares increase badly affect his budget.

The latest increase in fare of public transport by transport authorities was an absolute injustice with commuters, said Ibrahim Janjua, a student, adding that fare was increased in the pretext of increase in prices of petroleum products and CNG but now after two times cut in prices, fare is not revised.

Afzal, a driver, when asked that why they were not reviving latest fare, said that it was the responsibility of the transport authority to revise fares, adding that if transport authorities of the twin cities revise fares they would happily accept it.

Commuters demanded transport authority of the twin cities to revise latest fares after reasonable decrease in petroleum products and CNG prices.

Online adds: Despite cut in prices of petroleum products and CNG, the commuters of twin cities have been forced to pay the newly hiked fares according to the new fare list issued by authorities. According to new rates, the transporters increased fares from 5 to 7 rupees stop by stop for local route No 127, route no 110, route no 120, route no 103, route no 1, route no 21. The stop by stop fare was Rs 12 previously, which has been increased upto Rs 19.

The commuters complained that public transport in the twin cities is the worst in the country demanding that a decent transport facility should be immediately launched in order to give some relief to travellers. The commuters demanded of the concerned authorities to take notice of the situation and to issue directive in this regard.

The residents of twin cities have warned the concerned authorities of violent protests if the new fare list was not cancelled.