DERA GHAZI KHAN - The Lahore High Court Multan

Bench restrained the administration from relocating vegetable market to Sakhi Sarwar Road while announcing a judgment on a writ petition filed by 39 traders of Dera Ghazi Khan fruit and vegetable market.

The petition was filed through Advocate Khalid Ashraf khan and Mehmood Ashraf Khan.

Petitioners including Chaudhry Shabbir, Ch Naseer Ahmed, Ch Ramzan, Younis, Sajjad Kareem and others pleaded that vegetable market sanctioned on March 21, 2011 had been functioning on Multan Road and they were running business smoothly. They claimed that now to oblige some "political figures" the new place on Sakhi Sarwar Road was being proposed and the alleged act was aimed at ruining their business. LHC Multan Bench Judge Syed Iftikhar Hussain Shah restrained the respondents from shifting the fruit and vegetable market to the new location.

RTA sets new transport fares: On the direction of Punjab Transport secretary, a meeting was held here with the DCO in chair to review new transport fares following a slash in the price of CNG on Supreme Court order.

The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) secretary, DSP Traffic and a number of transporters participated in the meeting. During the meeting it was decided unanimously to set 88 paisa per kilometre as fare to be effective immediately.

 It was decided that a fare lists would be displayed on all bus stands and public transport vehicles.

On the other hand, despite repeated claims of the transport authorities regarding trickling down the benefits of decrease in CNG prices, the commuters have been suffering and paying old fares at both the inter and intra-city routs. In this context, the new fare announcement appears to be nothing more than a miscalculation as it will offer no relief to millions of commuters. The district administration has badly failed to play its due role and safeguard the rights of the public.