LAHORE Transporters are charging almost double fares from passengers who are leaving fortheir native towns to celebrate Eid with their families. The Lahore Railway Station is also attracting a large number of passengers with their heavy luggage, despite the rare availability of passenger trains due to the severe shortage of locomotives. On Saturday, the bus terminals at Niazi Stand, City terminal, Badami Bagh and Daewoo Terminal at Kalma Chowk and other locations witnessed large number of passengers with their luggage to find buses for different cities. Though the known companies like Daewoo Bus Service, Niazi Express, New Khan Company, Rehbar Travel and Skyways have been charging the standard fares at the terminals, but the people were charged about Rs 100 to Rs 200 more charges than the usual fares outside the terminals by private bus owners and especially at Batti Chowk and Thokar Niaz Baig bypass. The owners of APVs and Hiace vans are particularly getting benefit of the rush and charging double due to lack of interest on part of transport authorities. A bus driver told this reporter that a large number of people left the City on Friday, adding that the rush was increasing day by day due to the expected Eid on Wednesday. People travelling on Saturday complained that the transporters were exploiting the huge rush of passengers due to Eid. I have no other option but to pay them high fare to reach home to celebrate Eid, a Punjab University student complained while standing at Thokar Niaz Baig. He wanted to go to Khanewal to spend the religious festivals with their family. People also criticised the absence of transport authorities for keeping no check and balance on transporters, saying that their festivity was marred by different kinds of harassment like the hassle of getting a seat, unexpected delay in the travelling and overcrowded terminals, thanks to the mismanagement on the part of the transport authorities. It is worth mentioning here that mostly working class people and mid-income groups have to meet the same situation on every Eid. Though the desperate passengers have started leaving city early to avoid the rush and to travel on standard fares, but they are finding no relief. During a visit to the citys different bus terminals, it was found that most of the transport companies were selling tickets at high prices.