MULTAN

Keeping in view the Gujrat tragedy, the district administration has formed a committee to inspect entire city transport and impose ban on dangerous vehicles. Sources said that the committee will be consisted of the Regional Transport Authority Secretary, City Traffic Officer and Motor Vehicle Examiner. The committee will inspect the condition of all wagons, buses and rickshaws operating in the town and issue fitness certificate to only vehicles fulfilling all fitness parameters. “The route permits and fitness certificates of all old and dangerous wagons, buses and rickshaws will be cancelled in light of report of the committee,” sources further revealed. The committee will inspect all vehicles from different angles and the gas cylinders, seats, body structures and other objects of the vehicles will be inspected.Operation against extortionists orderedThe District Coordination Officer (DCO) Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah has taken serious notice of extortion collected from rickshaws and wagons and directed police to eliminate all groups involved in this activity within seven days. Taking serious notice of complaints lodged by poor drivers against extortionists, the DCO formed a committee comprising officials from Special Branch, Regional Transport Authority, Traffic Police and MMPA and asked the committee to take up the issue seriously. He asked the members of committee to compile its report on extortion and launch crackdown on groups involved in this practice within seven days.City to get D class wagon standsMeanwhile, the DCO has directed concerned authorities to evolve a comprehensive plan for establishing D class wagon stands in city. Chairing a meeting here on Tuesday, the DCO said that a number of flyovers, by-passes and head Muhammadwala were constructed in Multan and keeping in view the development of road infrastructure the city needed D class wagon stands. He said that the plan should be evolved in light Multan Development Authority’s master plan but these stands must not create hurdle in traffic flow. He also directed the RTA and traffic police officials not to let the busses coming out of General Bus Stand stay outside on the road and ask them to depart for their destinations.Trader protest: A large number of traders took out a rally and staged sit-in at general bus stand against the alleged misconduct of Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) officials here the other day. The TMA officials had sealed over 100 shops for non-payment of rent to TMA by shopkeepers. The traders gathered out side the general bus stand and suspended all kind of traffic by burning tyres on the road. They chanted slogans against the TMA staff and said that they would not accept 700 percent increasing in the rents. They demanded the district administration to take notice and redress their grievances.