ISLAMABAD: The inter-city transporters, taking benefits of the Eid-ul-Azha rush, have started overcharging and overloading to mint extra money from the passengers.
According to the passengers, they want to go to their homes to celebrate Eid with their families, while the transporters are exploiting the situation.
Except, the renowned transport companies, all have started charging extra money from the passengers, said a passenger Muhammad Ali.
Passengers at various bus terminals claimed that transporters keep fares high during special occasions particularly Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-Eid-ul-Azha.
Syed Ali, a passenger at Pirwahadi said that the situation is not only increasing burden on common people but also resulting into exchange of hot words between transporters and commuters.
Noor Khan, another passenger said that the transporters were charged equal fares for regular and folding seats, which are smaller and much more uncomfortable.
“Paying the same fare for folding seats on long distance journeys is really unfair,” he said.
The transporters however, claimed that they have not increased any fares during Eid, as the fares is fixed and there is no chance of fleecing.
The passengers demanded that the concerned authority should take notice of overcharging particularly during Eid days.
The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Rawalpindi constituted special squads to check and prevent overcharging by the transporters, especially plying on various intercity routes during Eid-ul-Azha days.
Mobile squads would perform special duties from tomorrow at different public transport terminals, including Soan Adda, Pirwadhai Bus Stand and Peshawar Road to facilitate the people leaving for their native areas to celebrate Eid.