LAHORE The outdated and incomplete answers failed to give a clear picture of the public transport facilities in the urban areas and the inter-city routes in the province during the question-hour session in the Punjab Assembly here on Thursday. With speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan in the chair, the 32nd session of the Punjab Assembly on the fourth day started two-and-a-half-hours beyond the scheduled time of 10:00am. Some of questions, about transport department, were submitted in the year 2008-09, and the answers received much later which at the fag end of 2011, had lost much of the relevance to show progress, the exorbitant hike took place, in between, in the fares in both urban and inter city routes due to jacked up petroleum and diesel prices and the other allied matters. The stale written answers also made most of the member lost interest in the subject and if they tried to bring the matter to the present stage through supplementary questions, the answers mostly remained inconclusive or formed a new query. The session was dotted with hilarious moment with the treasury and the opposition locking horn on a point and one feeling triumphant like in a battlefield, when the other failed to give proper response. The Opposition objected to the absence of the Minister for Transport and ended the hour with the same objection which was raised by the PML(Q) Samina Khawar Hayat, who says Minister feels infra dig to appear in the house and answer the question hence has pitted the Parliamentary Secretary for this purpose. MPA Nighat Sheikh was quite dismayed on the query she moved back on December 19, 2008 as the answer did not have bearing with the current situation of fares and the notification. The Parliamentary Secretary (PS) Khurram Gulfam on a supplementary question said no working was on to give concession in the fare to the students, however, the senior citizens were exception. He said LTC gave 20 per cent concession in the import of buses and subsidy with the ratio of Rs 1,250 per day to the private transporters for the sake of lessening burden on the commuters. To a question put by Rana Abdul Rahman, the PS said that government only regulated and notified the fares of non-AC buses in the inter-city routes while it left fixation of AC bus fares to the owners for the sake of encouraging competition. On a question put by Muhammad Naveed Anjum, the PS said after 50, another 55 buses from China had reached Karachi port and adding China buses would also be plied in all the main cities of the province. The PS failed to satisfy the questioner as to the availability of public transport on the Northern City routes, from Wahga to Station, and the matter evaporated in the pleasantries. MPA Mian Muhammad Rafiq said the private owners were plying buses on CNG but they were charging fares of petrol and diesel, which was much higher, and was out of collusion of the department and the private transporters. The PS said the government was also concerned at it and was working on a study to rationalise the fares of CNG and diesel buses and to allow the former operation four days a week. On a question of MPA Engineer Qamarul Islam, the PS said as many 28 post of the Secretary Regional Transport Authority had been sanctioned which would be advertised for recruitment soon. On a question of MPA Seemal Kamran, the PS said the government was going to introduce e-ticketing system followed by cards to the daily commuters in the pubic transports. When the PS said the provincial transport system was neglected during the PML(Q) government, Seemal retorted, PML(N) government had spent four years in the rule and it could have rectified the system provided it had the will. On a question from Samina Khawar Hayat, the SP said the government had no intention to raise the subsidy from the present ratio, in proportion to the raise in the diesel price. The PS was grilled over the names who were granted private bus route and the questioners believed that favourites had been gratified. The PS, however, insisted that the routes had been given through a fair and transparent mechanism.