ISLAMABAD The picnic spots in the Federal Capital were crowded during the last day of Eid, as those left behind in the city tried to make the best of the occasion. A large number of people converged on all picnic spots of the city including Rawal Lake, Daman-e-Koh, Shakarparian, Rose and Jasmine Garden, Nawaz Sharif Park and Rawal Dam Park in the foothills of Margalla Hills. People were out to enjoy the last Eid day instead of remaining at homes. With almost everybody trying to get as close to the destination as possible, the spots seemed choked with traffic. The worst was the situation on the Murree Highway starting from Faizabad interchange to well beyond Bharakahu. Besides, visiting to local parks, a large number of people went to hill station (Murree). Parking lots at the recreational spots were full to the capacity. Long queues of vehicles were seen with motorists waiting to find a place to park. The restaurants and food outlets received huge number of visitors. The food parks including Melody Food Park and Rawalpindi Food Street that had been giving a deserted look for the last few weeks were presenting a different scene and families were up again to dine despite chilly weather. While talking to TheNation, Muhammad Kamran, who was along with his family at Shakarparian, said, First two days of Eid were spent by visiting to relatives, so on the third day he got the opportunity to spend some time with his family in the recreational spots. However, apart of picnic spots, the city of strangers presented deserted look in the third day as majority of markets remained closed, while the public transports were also seen less in number because of the fewer passengers. Zainab, a girl, said she along the family had come all the way from Gujranwala to celebrate Eid with grandparents in Islamabad. Were enjoying a lot, she said during a visit to Daman-e-Koh. Noor Fatima, a visitor to Pir Sohawa, said the place was ideal for picnic, as the people could have a good leisure time there looking out over the entire city. Special security arrangements were also seen outside the parks for the protection of the visitors. The public transporters including taxi drivers fleeced the people and charged fares of their own will. At the Lake View Park, many visitors cooked food, especially on a spit. A visitor, Ahad, said he mostly stayed out of the country and found the park of international standard. The park has all facilities for visitors, he said. He said the Capital Development Authority (CDA) should develop more such recreational places in the city. People also complained regarding the Auto Teller Machines (ATMs) of various banks including National Bank of Pakistan, which remained out of order during the Eid holidays, creating hardships for the people of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The people also complained against fruit and vegetable sellers who fleeced the public in the twin cities during Eid days and charged prices of their own, violating the rates provided to them by the Market Committee or price magistrates.