LAHORE - Violating the decision taken by All Pakistan Transporters Owners Federation (PTOF) a couple of days ago, owners of air-conditioned buses have decided to raise inter-city fares by Rs 50 on all routes throughout the province, The Nation learnt on Friday. Source privy to the development disclosed that new fares are likely to be imposed in next couple of days. It is pertinent to add that soon after the recent increase in the petroleum prices, the PTOF had issued new fares list for almost 87 cities across the country from Karachi to Khyber. According to the list, the owners of air-conditioned buses will charge Rs 80 from stop to stop. Moreover, it was also announced by the PTOF that Rs 1,500 would be charged from Lahore to Karachi, Rs 1,400 from Lahore to Haiderabad, Rs 750 Rahim Yaar Khan, Rs 500 Bahawalpur, Rs 470 Fort Abbas, Rs 470 Rawalpindi, Rs 400 Haroonabad, Rs 380 Multan, Rs 370 Vehari, Rs 350 Buraywala, Rs 290 Cheecha Watni, Rs 220 Faisalabad and Rs 170 from Lahore to Sialkot. The fares were also increased significantly on the occasion of Eidul Azha. Earlier, most of these bus-services were charging at least Rs 420 for Multan but on the occasion of Eid they charged Rs 480 for the same route. The two local bus terminals situated near Yateem Khana Chowk in front of each other increased the fares while the only first-class bus terminal near Kalma Chowk was already charging huge fares - Rs 580 per seat for Multan. According to the new decision, the fare will touch the figure of Rs 630. An air-conditioned bus service had pledged to provide cheaper services to the poor class by charging only Rs 120 per seat from Lahore to Multan and from Multan to Lahore when it had launched their service just a couple of years ago. Same is the situation on other routes, as now the fares of this bus-service are almost equal to that of other inter-city air-conditioned bus services. Interestingly, not a single department of the government has taken action against such merciless elements that always try to loot the masses. The role of All Pakistan Transporters Owners Federation and District Regional Transport Authority, which is responsible to control the fares, is seen nowhere. A young girl, Sadaf, coming from Multan to Lahore at a local bus terminal said few top bosses of the federal and provincial governments were involved in this heinous crime as they were receiving their 'share. That is why none of the government institution was taking action against such elements. Moreover, what can we do except recording our protest, Sadaf added. The situation is not less bad at the General Bus Stand and other bus terminals at Bund Road and Ferozepur Road, as each bus terminals has fixed its own fare list.