RAWALPINDI  - A large number of people living in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are leaving for their native towns to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha and the transporters taking full advantage of the situation are fleecing the passengers before Eid by charging extra fares.

All bus and wagon terminals are jam packed with passengers as people are leaving for their native villages to celebrate the Eid. The people are traveling through buses and wagons because of uncertain situation of trains. The passengers were seen wandering from terminal to terminal to find seats in the buses and wagons.

The passengers at bus stands of Pirwadhai, Peshawar Mor, Hamrahi Wagon and Bus Stand, Faizabad Bus and Wagon Stand, Soan Wagon and Bus Stand told that the transporters are over charging. They said that transporters are taking full advantage of special occasion of Eid-ul-Azha and demanding higher fares but concerned authorities unmoved against them.

Altaf stood at Pirwadhai Bus Stand along with his family said that he wanted to go to Sialkot but transporters demanding extra money as Eid tax. “How I could pay extra money for seven-member family,” he said.

The government should arrange special trains and buses at least on special occasions like eid to provide relief to the public, he demanded. Another female passenger waiting for a bus at Faizabad Bus Stand said that transporters are charging full seat fare for luggage. They are also charging full seat ticket for a kid as well. How we could pay extra money as fare, she said.

Amjad at Soan Wagon Stand said that his family is leaving for Gujranwala to celebrate Eid but the transporters are charging exorbitant fares.

An officer of District Regional Transport Authority (DRTA) said that special teams were formed for checking fare violations.

The teams are visiting all terminals to avoid different kinds of violations, it was claimed.

The passengers should note the number of bus/wagon in case of over-charging, misbehaving etc. and inform the office assuring that they would take stern action against them and the violators would face strict action.

Meanwhile, a majority of people residing in the capital for business, job or education purposes have started leaving for their hometowns to celebrate Eid with their dear ones. “We shall leave for Muzaffargarh to celebrate Eid with my siblings”, said Arif Shah an employee of a cellular company. “The most amazing thing during my stay is to share the happiness of eid with my family, relatives and old friends there, he said.

Asah Gulzar said that every year before Eid he leaves one week earlier for his home town to celebrate Eid with his parents and relatives residing in Rahim Yar Khan as transport is not available near Eid. “I usually visit my hometown only on Eid due to a tough office routine and this time I got more holidays to spend some time with my parents,” commented Israr Khalid an employee of Capital Development Authority.