Unabated route violation irks commuters of twin cities

ISLAMABAD:Commuters of twin cities Wednesday urged the authorities concerned to take strict actions against public transport vehicles who were using self defined routes to save their time and fuels, providing miserable transport facility to the public.

Blaming the authorities for their negligence on this public issue, they said transporters were also fleecing them as they have to change different vehicles and pay more than double fare than the normal one to reach their destination.

Public transport plying on routes No.1, 3, 21, 120, 105 and 127 has made it a routine to pick only those commuters going to nearby stops, instead of completing their routes.

A number of long-route commuters waiting at Zero Point bus stop were of a view that there should be an effective mechanism to ensure route completion by the transporters and grievances of the commuters should also be addressed.

“I got on a wagon of route number 105 from Melody Stop, after boarding the vehicle, the conductor told me that they would only go towards G-11 Markaz ” a commuter at near G-11 bus stop who was heading to the 26 number bus Stop complained.

Faisal, another Commuter near Faizabad bus stop complained that “transporters only violate routes to mint extra money from passengers, forcing them to pay double fare for an incomplete route.

Riaz, a driver who run the wagon on route no 120 while expressing his concern said “we do not complete the route especially at evening when the commuters of long route were less; it was difficult for us to meet the cost of fuel in such meager amount of fare as the fuel prices further hiked while fares remain constant”.

Secretary Islamabad Transport Authority (ITA) Dr Waqar Ahmed said stern actions were being taken and pounded heavy fines on various vehicles also issued challan notices to the violators.

“Commuters should always register their complaints in written to the concerned authorities so that public transporters would not be allowed route violation as well as overcharging”, he added.