ISLAMABAD – After the recent increase in the prices of petroleum products and CNG, Islamabad Transport Authority (ITA) has issued revised fare list for the transport plying on the city routes.

ITA Secretary, Khawaja Maqbool said that in view of recent increase in the prices of POL products, the administration has issued the revised list of transport fares in the city. According to revised transport fares, public transport vehicles running on CNG would now charge Rs 16 as stop-to-stop fare.

While the fare on the stages two, three and four have not been changed. The fares on the said three stages would be the same as earlier that was Rs 20 for 4 to 8 kilometres distance, Rs 24 for 8 to 14 kilometres, Rs 30 for 14 to 22 kilometres.

However, fare for stage five (22 to 30 kilometres) has been increased by one rupee and new fare would be Rs 35, while fare for stage six (30 and above kilometres) has been increased by two rupees and new fare would be Rs 41.

Similarly, fare for the public transport vehicles using diesel has been increased for the first stage (4 to 8 kilometres) by two rupees and new fare would be Rs 17, diesel vehicles fare for stage two (8 to 14 kilometres) has been increased by one rupee and it would be Rs 22, for stage three it would be same as previous (Rs 25). Fare for stage four has been increased one rupee and it would be Rs 32, while for stage five it would be Rs 38 and for stage six, Rs 44.

On the other hand, commuters demanded authorities concerned to devise unanimous fare list for the public transport plying between twin cities as no one aware whether they are paying under ITA or Punjab government fare list. Moreover, quarrels and exchange of harsh words were witnessed among commuters and transporters over the matter.

Cab drivers fleecing commuters

Taxi drivers doing business in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are fleecing commuters, owing to the apathy of the concerned departments.

The people have to pay exorbitant cab charges due to thin public transport playing on various routes, especially during rush hours and due to the unavailability of gas on CNG stations.

“Taxi drivers charge double fare from Islamabad to Rawalpindi,” said Fozia Ali, an employee of local TV channel.

While talking to this agency, another commuter Athar Ali said they used to pay Rs 70 to 80 for Aabpara market, F-8 Markaz, F-7/4, H-8 and other short distance areas from zero point, however, these days they are being charged Rs 150 or more, for the same distance thus creating troubles.

Another commuter Asma Shahid said the female commuters are also facing problems of negotiating fares with the taxi drivers. “We cannot afford standing on road sides for long time and argue with the taxi drivers,” she added.

Another commuter Muhammad Bilal said that the yellow cab owners and drivers overcharge the passengers due to the absence of fare regulation mechanism. “The drivers demand whatever they wish. Their main excuse for overcharging is shortage of CNG,” the resident said.

However, a taxi driver, Liaqat Awan, claimed that due to unavailability of CNG, they had to use diesel or petrol, which increased their running expenditure.

He said, “They used to charge Rs 70 for Blue Area and Rs 80 for Jinnah Super Market from Zero point but now they demand at least 30 rupees more as compared to old fares.”