LAHORE Transport fares for students on discounted rates have been withdrawn, as a result of which about 50,000 students in the provincial metropolis are likely to be affected. According to a decision taken by Lahore Transport Company, a student will now have to pay Rs 5 to travel to his destination. However, in case he has to take two/three or more buses to reach college/university, he will have to pay the fare in multiples of five. The new scheme will benefit the transporters, who are already fleecing the people on the pretext of raise in fuel charges. If 50,000 students pay Rs 5 from and to their homes, the transporter will pocket half a million rupees more everyday, in excess to what they are already earning. So far, no date has been set for implementation of the decision, however, students have rejected the move and vowed to resist it. They said that the government should provide some relief to the students rather putting financial burden on them. The LTC Board of Directors decided this at a meeting presided over by the Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hassan here on Wednesday. The decision would directly hit thousands of middle class and poor students using already least available urban transport to reach to their education. Majority of them are not able to afford the LTC announced fare of Rs 5 per trip. A student of Wahdat Science College said that the students were using free transport facilities at 53 City routes, but at some routes where a transport company was influential having strong work force, 'we are charged a specific fare. If a student uses two buses for reaching to their educational institute, he will has to pay Rs 20 a day, said a Punjab University student Nauman. It means poor student would pay about Rs 600 per month only in terms of fare almost equal to the assistance given by Benazir Income Support Programme to a poor family in a month, he criticised. It is worth mentioning here that about 42 million or 60 percent of the population of school-going age is unable to access any means of education due to poverty and costly education. Meanwhile, the statement issued by the LTC stated that the Advisor to Chief Minister and Chairman LTC, Khawaja Ahmed Hassan said that the LTC would issue discounted transport cards to the students. LTC in consultation with the educational institutions will register and make arrangements for the issuance of cards. According to the LTC press release, it would enter into agreements with the educational institutions in order to facilitate the students. LTC cards holders will only obtain the 'free transport facilities, adding, they would be charged Rs 5 for each trip. Furthermore, this was also decided that citizens of more than 65 years of age and disabled persons would be given free transport facilities in Lahore. LTC would issue specialised cards and make arrangements for the registration of senior citizens and disabled persons of the city. These were decided at a meeting of Board of Directors LTC on Wednesday. He further said that LTC will soon ply 300 buses on urban routes through public private partnership. He said the LTC would soon enter into agreements with private companies in order to provide better transport facilities. He said that the tracking system would be installed in the all buses in the city. He said that general manager enforcement SSP Fawad Qureshi will be responsible for the implementation of tracking system in letter and spirit. He said that LTC will make concrete measures for road disciplines, security and safety of urban transport buses. He said that for senior citizens and disabled will have to submit their photographs, identity card and application to the LTC for getting specialized card for free transport facility. He said that Rs 100 would be charged for LTC card for life time from senior citizens and disabled persons for this facility.