Islamabad - Bus stands were seen over crowded since last Friday and have influx of passengers with every passing day as people have started leaving to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha at their hometowns with near and dear ones. Public transporters are taking full advantage of situation and continuously charging extra fares from the passengers who are striving hard to get seat at the earliest.

Every year transporters charge extra fares on Eid vacations from passengers as the concerned authorities have turned a blind eye towards the issue that adds to the miseries of general public.

Besides long route vans and buses, local transporters also charge extra fares from the residents who want to visit their relatives in different parts of city or plan to go to public places or other recreational places to celebrate the event.

On the other hand people complained about the higher rates saying that they are already over burdened with extra expenditure on Eid and the demand of these transporters is not justified.

Talking to APP Wednesday, Faisal Chaudhary an employee of a private company said, “We do not get any extra money on Eid from our offices but these transporters charge extra fares to earn more money.” He said, “Special discount packages are announced on festivals everywhere around the world but unfortunately here businessmen charge extra prices of clothes, shoes and other commodities and common man especially salaried class has to bear all these expenses in their meagre income.”

On Eid these transport fares bound the people to stay at homes rather than having fun with other relatives, friends or enjoying family moments at recreational spots, he further said.

Another traveller Haji Luqman said transporters are charging extra fares, as they knew that people are compelled to meet their demand and openly claim it as Eidi for their services.

He said authorities should take proper steps to stop this black mailing of `transport mafia’ who are taking advantage of people grievances and putting an extra burden on their pockets.

Mumtaz Ahmad a van driver sharing his views said, “I send my entire family members to hometown and spend Eid here alone just to provide transport to local residents of the city.”

He further said, “I convinced my family that I will bring new clothes for all of them and spend lot of time with them after Eid”, adding, “it will only be possible if I charge only Rs 10 to 20 from each passenger which is not a big amount for them but collectively I get a handsome amount.”