Punjab government has announced to increase the fares of public transport and goods transport 35% with immediate effect. Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar approved the summary sent by the transport department. This increase came after the 50% increase in fares of Metro Bus service.
The reason given for this increase is the rise in oil prices. Punjab Transport Department has said that prices of petrol has been increased Rs 28 per liter and diesel Rs 33 per liter in last one year. According to the notification of transport department the fare of inter-district routs has been increased from 73 paisa per km to Rs 1.23 per km for carpeted road and from 98paisas per km to Rs 1.30 per km for non-carpeted road.
For the intercity transport the fares has increased from Rs 12 to Rs16 for 4 km. For 4 to 8 km, the fare increased from Rs19 to Rs 25. The fare up to 14km has been fixed at Rs 30 from Rs 23. The maximum fare has been increased from Rs 38 to Rs 50.
The increase in fares will further burden the poor masses already suffering from high inflation and price hike. The transporters are justified for demanding this increase in fares after unjustified increase in petrol prices. The PTI government continued to increase oil prices throughout the year despite the fact that oil prices in the international market has fallen.
The petrol prices stand at record high Rs133 at the moment. The government is not ready to provide much needed relief on oil prices. The government is using the oil prices to collect more revenue. The general public is paying the price of high oil prices. This increase will put between Rs 600 to Rs 1000 per month extra burden on the pockets of daily commuters.
The government should look the ways to provide relief to people. The increase in the fares of goods transport will increase the prices of vegetables, fruits and other daily use products. The transport cast will increase as the result of fare hike. Contrary to its claims, the PTI government is not providing relief to people instead it is passing on the burden on to the poor people.
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16 November, 2019