LAHORE - People continue to leave for their hometowns to celebrate Eidul-Azha with their families, creating extra ordinary rush at Lahore Railway Station and major bus terminals in the City. The transporters resorted to overcharging and overloading for earning extra profit, adding to the woes and miseries of passengers who have no other option except to pay double the fare and travel in poor traveling conditions. Though Pakistan Railways runs four trains to facilitate passengers going to hometowns to celebrate Eidul Azha, the move proved insufficient to cater to the requirement of huge number of people. The persons who failed to get seats were forced to travel while standing in passenger compartments. The situation was worse on branch routes where passengers were seen traveling in luggage compartments and even on rooftops. On a number of branch routes, people were seen traveling on rooftops of passenger compartments while wrapping their bodies in shawls to save themselves from cold. The situation was even worse at General Bus Stand and other bus terminals at Bund Road and Ferozepur Road with people making efforts to get a seat for their respective destinations. The transporters were charging double the fare on almost all routes, exploiting the extraordinary surge of passengers wanting to reach their hometowns before Eid. At certain places, desperate passengers could be seen exchanging hot words with drivers and conductors for charging twice the normal fare. Greedy transporters resorted to forcing passengers to either keep on standing or sit on bus rooftops. Some devious drivers were creating artificial shortage of vehicles to charge exorbitant rates. They parked their vehicles away from passengers sight, yet close to the bus stands. Passengers criticised the authorities for failing to stop the transporters from such illegal activities. To a question of overcharging, the transporters have a stereotype excuse that they hardly get any passenger while coming back to Lahore. One transporter at General Bus Stand said it was legitimate to increase the fares, as they had to pay 'Eidi to officials in each City they pass through and had to share profits with the police officials. Another driver said considerable increase in diesel prices has squeezed the profit and the transporters have no other option except to raise fare.