LAHORE - Amid the overcharging by transporters, thousands of homebound people on Saturday left the provincial metropolis to enjoy Eidul Azha with their families and friends.

The exodus started on Friday and would continue till Tuesday midnight. Majority leaving the city were students, government employees (who took two extra leaves from their offices) and labourer. The City bus stands (General Bus Stand Badami Bagh, Jinnah Terminal Thoker Bypass, City Bus Terminal etc) and exit points witnessed lengthy queues on Saturday. Niazi Bus Stand manager said the same trend would continue till Tuesday. However, he added that passengers’ rush remained usually less on Eidul Azha as compared to Eidul Fitr.

Except big names in the transporters, all mini transporters are minting money from the passengers in absence of the transport authorities. To a question on overcharging, transporters reply that they come back to Lahore without passengers. There are no transport authorities to stop the overcharging by the transport mafia, complained a passenger standing at Thoker Bypass.

Around four to five million people leave Lahore twice in a year to celebrate the occasion at their native villages, towns and cities.  Their movement to hometowns creates unordinary commotion at means of transportation including road, rail and air.

The City gives a deserted look on Eid days. This year, the federal and Punjab government announced three holidays (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) for Eid. However, an employee of the Agriculture Department said that around 40 per cent government employees would enjoy week long holidays at their homes and join their offices on Monday 21st October.