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Eid ul Fitr Travel Rush: Intercity Fares Surge Amidst Rising Petrol Prices

As the countdown to Eid ul Fitr begins, commuters preparing for intercity travel face the brunt of increased transportation costs across the district. Intercity transporters have announced a hike in fares, citing the recent surge in petrol prices, placing an additional burden on travelers.

Eid ul Fitr Travel Rush: Intercity Fares Surge Amidst Rising Petrol Prices

With Eid festivities on the horizon, commuters navigating between cities will now have to contend with an additional cost ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 300 on all routes. Even local fares have seen a spike, with an increase of Rs. 5 to Rs. 10.

Anticipating an exodus of residents from Rawalpindi and Islamabad starting this Friday, ahead of Eid celebrations, the last working day before Eid falls on Tuesday, April 9. The fare hike comes amidst expectations of heightened travel activity during this period.

Responding to concerns about overloading and overcharging during the Eid rush, the Regional Transport Authority has convened a joint meeting with transport terminal owners and major transporters. Despite directives from the district administration, transporters have expressed reluctance to reduce fares.

To cater to the surge in travelers, Pakistan Railways will initiate four special Eid trains from Sunday, April 7. However, the absence of Eid trains originating from Rawalpindi and Islamabad has left passengers reliant on bus transport, raising concerns among residents.

In anticipation of increased demand, transport terminals, including the General Bus Stand Pirwadhai, Rawalpindi, have geared up to accommodate travelers. Additional coaches will be deployed three days before Eid, with seating allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Asif Khan, Vice President of the Transport Federation, assured that vehicles will be available for various destinations, including Peshawar, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Karachi, and cities in Azad Kashmir. Ticket bookings have commenced for all routes, with services operating round the clock for passenger convenience.

The fare hike is attributed not only to rising petroleum prices but also to increased vehicle costs, spare parts, and labor expenses. Additionally, heightened traffic fines and repair costs have contributed to the fare adjustment, reflecting inflationary pressures.

In a bid to regulate the transport chaos, the district administration has deployed police personnel at transport terminals from April 6 to April 10. Transporters have also announced separate charges for luggage and mandatory tickets for eight-year-old children, effective immediately.

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As travelers brace themselves for the upcoming Eid rush, they navigate not only the joys of the festival but also the challenges of heightened transportation costs, reflecting the broader economic landscape affected by rising fuel prices and inflation.

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