Transport fares rise on CNG closure


Fares of rickshaws and public transport run on CNG have increased owing to non-availability of CNG in the city.
Commuters complained that rickshaw drivers are charging double fares only because of non-availability of CNG. They said that the government has failed to provide them quality public transport facilities and now the decision of closing CNG for two and a half days is playing havoc with their mobility. “I used to pay Rs 140 to 150 for a 10 kilometres distance but now I have to pay Rs 200 to 250 for the same distance,” commuter Ahmed Ali said adding that the government should arrange alternative arrangements for them. Rickshaw drivers said that they are helpless and cannot charge previous rates. “I am running my rickshaw on petrol for the last two days and have no option but to charge more, as petrol is expensive compared to CNG,” rickshaw driver Muhammad Aslam said adding that the government should exempt rickshaws from CNG load shedding.