Public transporters of Hazara division have increased fares of public transport which were running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
Inter-district transporters of Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra and other cities of the Hazara region have increased the fares for intercity transport without the consultation of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA).
Fares from Abbottabad to Mansehra and Haripur increased Rs10 for each route, although the price of petroleum products increased public transport, which is 100 per cent running on CNG increased fares.
Muhammad Suleman, a commuter, demanded KP government to take the notice of current fare increase and regulate the public transport fares with the consultation of all stakeholders, including the public.
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A couple of years ago, owing to an increase in petroleum prices RTA notified Rs5 increase in the fares of local transports in Abbottabad which was canceled by the Commissioner Hazara division on the public grievances and ordered to resume the old fares until the price of the gas price would cross a certain limit in K-P which was later justified by the local transporters with Rs15.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 6th, 2021.