Despite the official claims, the transporters have not yet decreased the transport fares after cut in diesel price.

Transport fares have been decreased in accordance with the decrease in diesel price In Bahawalpur, Regional Transport Authority Secretary Muhammad Tanveer Jhandeer claimed.

He said that the Punjab government had decreased the fares of the inter city and local transport. The fare for Rs1.10 per kilometre travel has been reduced to Rs1.06. The violators of the orders will have to face legal action, he warned. He asked the public to report the transporters who found overcharging. Earlier, the Transport Association leaders had decided in a meeting with the secretary that fares of the transport would be decreased up to 10%. It was also decided that all the bus and van stands would display the banners showing the fare decrease.

Canal breach

inundates agri land, houses

A 120-feet breach in the Ahmad Wah Canal in Ahmadpur Lama area near Kacha Bhatta has inundated hundreds of acres of agricultural land and residences.

The water swept away the wheat crops while cotton crops and fodder have also been damaged due to the water. Local farmers have faced huge financial loss. The water also reached the populated area and flooded the streets of the village due to which around 500 families have been trapped in their homes.

Local residents Abdul Sattar and Ghulam Qadir said that their Bhatta area consisted of hundreds of houses including the houses made of clay. They added that several house have been collapsed. They feared that the water may further damage the area.

Farmer Abdul Aziz, Abdul Qadir and Niaz Ahmad protested against the Irrigation Department and blamed Ahmadpur Lama’s Irrigation Department for the incident. They said that it occurred due to the negligence of Irrigation Department.

A 500 cusecs of water flow was passing through the Ahmad Wah Canal.

Ahmadpur Lama Sub Division’s SDO Muhammad Khalid said that the breach in the canal was being repaired.