QUETTA: The provincial government urged to take action to ensure reduction in transport fares after that, on the directives of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, prices of petroleum products were slashed.
Talking to APP, here on Wednesday, Musa Khan Kakar, the President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Quetta said that the federal government has taken a people-friendly decision to slash prices of petroleum products adding that but the transporter mafia had denied to reduce fares.
“Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took a people-friendly decision to cut prices of petrol and diesel keeping in view woes of common people but the transporters have been charging old fares from passengers despite the fact that transporters have gotten benefit from the federal government’s recent measure,” he said.
He urged the Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch to take solid measures to ensure reduction in transport fares in the province.
“After the federal government has notified remarkable cut in petroleum prices, now it is responsibility of the Balochistan government to take action against the transport mafia who were insisting to charge old fares from commuters,” he said.
Vice Chairman, Mini Bus Association, Hamidullah Khan Muhammad Hasni said that mini buses plying in the metropolis were converted on CNG from diesel. “Why we should reduce fares as the government slashes prices of petrol and diesel and not of CNG while our transport has already been converted to CNG,” he said.
President, Sariab Quetta Local Bus Association, Bashir Ahmed Shahwani said that transporters have to bear higher expenditures of service of the vehicle and further expenses in connection with change of tyres and autos material. “It is good step that the federal government has reduced petroleum prices, however, we transporters have already been bearing higher expenditures pertaining to purchasing new tyres and other autos material for the vehicle,” he said, adding that therefore, they could not lessen fares.
Muhammad Aalam Sarangzai, a student of the University of Balochistan appreciated the federal government for notifying slash in petroleum prices.
He, however, lamented that they have to pay old fares to transporters as they did not reduce fares so far. He urged the provincial government to take measures against the transporters who were still reluctant to reduce fares.
Muhammad Kashif, Chief Controller of Pakistan Railways, Quetta Division told this scribe that they did not receive notification from the Pakistan Railways Headquarters to reduce train fares. “We will reduce fares of train service after our headquarters issues notification in this regard,” he said.
Balochistan Minister for Transport, Sheikh Jaffar Khan Mandokhel told APP that he has asked Secretary Transport Department to summon meeting of all transport unions working in Balochistan to convince them to reduce transport fares. “I have taken notice of non-reduction of transport fares after the federal government has reduced petroleum prices. Therefore, I have asked Secretary Transport Department to call meeting of all transport unions to convince them to immediately slash transport fares, otherwise the government would take step in this regard,” he said.