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Transporters push up fares by 20 pc

LAHORE:After the increase in the prices of petroleum products, the transporters also exorbitantly hiked transportation fares on Sunday. The fares were increased by 15 to 20 per cent by public transporters.

The fares for other citizens from Lahore have been increased by Rs300 to Rs400 and from Lahore to Karachi has increased from Rs6, 600 to Rs7, 000. The fare from Rawalpindi to other cities has been increased from Rs2, 000 to Rs2, 200 and from Peshawar from Rs2, 500 to Rs2, 750.

Similarly, the rent of Quetta has increased from Rs4400 to Rs4650 while the rent of Murree increased from Rs2, 400 to Rs2, 650. Passengers say after the increase in the prices of petroleum products, the commoners have been hit hard.

Earlier, the poor people used to go happily on public transport, now the journey of public transport is also out of the reach of the common people.

On the other hand, transporters sources say after the increase in the prices of petroleum products, other spare parts of the vehicles also got expensive. It is compulsory to increase the fares, otherwise the vehicles will have to be stopped.

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