LAHORE Transport owners on Saturday unilaterally increased fare up to 15 per cent on inter-city routes after an increase in prices of petroleum products. Fares have been raised from Rs 50 to Rs 200 at buses and coaches on city to city routes, said All Pakistan Transport Owners Federation Chairman, Azam Khan Niazi here on Saturday. The increase would directly hit hard the thousands of daily commuters mostly belong to middle and poor classes as the transporters falling beyond the control of the authorities concerned. Commuters told TheNation that the government had no control on transport owners who were charging passengers at whim. They said that frequent increases in petroleum prices and public transport fares had made their lives miserable and it was getting difficult for them to travel even by public transport. However, All Pakistan Transport Owners Federation held that fares had been increased by 8 to 15pc due to recent hike in diesel and the raise was announced by keeping in mind the passengers condition. The Federation asserted that it was not an injustice with the commuters and the service-oriented transport sector was independent to raise fares subject to increase in the prices of petroleum products. According to the new fare table, the charges from Lahore to Karachi have been raised from Rs 2,100 to Rs 2,300 and from Lahore to Islamabad the fare has been raised from Rs 650 to Rs 680. The commuters have to pay Rs 730 instead of Rs 680 to go to DG Khan from Lahore.