KARACHI - Local inter-city transporters strongly condemned the fresh rise in fuel prices and have unilaterally increased the fares, The Nation learnt on Monday. The sudden rise in fares by the transporters has caused anger among the passengers and a number of clashes have been reported during the last couple of days. Amir Sheikh, a resident of Hyderabad and doing job in a local bank in Karachi, said the transporters have increased fares without the consulting the government. He added the frequent increase in petroleum prices was the major cause behind the augmentation in transport fares. Previous decisions regarding the increase in transport fares had been taken by the government with consultation of the transporters unions while this time transporters have increased the fares on their own. He said that some transport companies have added Rs20 while others are charging Rs30.    Another passenger of intercity route said that fares of non air-conditioned buses have jumped from Rs100 to Rs125 while the owners of AC coaches are usually charging Rs25 to Rs35 extra amount from Karachi to Hyderabad.   "There was no other option after the price of gasoline was increased," said a bus driver Sajjan Khan. He said the administration should soon announce new fares to prevent "unhealthy competition" among transport companies. Local transporters have demanded that new fares should be announced to avoid disputes between vehicle owners and the passengers.  Sajjan added that the owners of the companies have directed the drivers to charge additional amount but it often result in clashes with the passengers. However, a passenger said that business of intercity transporters is usually in full swing and taking advantage of the opportunity, they charge additional fares from passengers. Meanwhile, rikshaws and taxi drivers have also increased fares.