Transporters fleecing commuters

Islamabad: Transporters have started fleecing commuters by over-charging at various routes between Islamabad and Rawalpindi by taking advantage of protest sit-in of a religious group here at Faizabad Interchange.

A resident of Rawalpindi, Hikmat Yar Khan said that the residents were facing difficulties in use of local transport. It is very difficult to go to our offices especially when we were being over-charged by the transporters specially the taxis, he added.It was observed that at certain places, commuters could be seen indulged in exchange of harsh words with drivers and conductors and scenes are created on charging extra fares, said a resident of Islamabad Abbas Ali.

Umer Haya, an employee said: “the non-completion of routes by transporters were causing a lot of problems for those employees who daily move from Rawalpindi to Islamabad”.

When contacted, Islamabad Traffic Police Spokesman Salman Ali said that extra staff had been deployed at various points to facilitate the road users and to control traffic.

He said commuters could use Peshawar Road, Murree Road and Double Road to reach Islamabad while those heading towards Airport or Koral Road may use the Lehrer Road.–APP

Govt to set up two new colleges in capital

ISLAMABAD: The Federal government has decided to establish two new educational institutions in G-13 and G-15 sectors of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) with cost of Rs350 million.

According to the sources in FDE, the funds have been allocated for establishment of these two colleges while the construction work would be started soon.

The building of these two colleges will be completed within three years and then classes would be started.

Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) after taking NOC from the Ministry of Housing for the establishment of Model College in G-13; has also prepared PC-1 of project.

The sources from FDE said that federal government was announced to establish as many as eight model colleges in the urban and rural areas of the ICT during the financial years 2017-18..–APP