The recent spike in petroleum prices has triggered a transportation crisis as transporters exploit passengers by hiking fares.

With Eidul Fitr set for April 10, families are flocking to their hometowns, crowding terminals and the Rawalpindi Railway Station.

The government’s decision to raise petroleum prices has made long-distance travel challenging for the public.

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Transporters, citing increased fuel costs, have raised fares by 30 to 40 per cent, with some even doubling the usual rates. Despite this, authorities appear indifferent to commuters’ plight.

Secretary of the District Regional Transport Authority (DRTA), Muhammad Rashid, promises action to curb overcharging during Eid. He pledges strict measures, including fines and vehicle confiscation, and personally oversees terminals to enforce regulations.

Many families express frustration with the timing of the official Eid holidays, urging for an earlier start to aid travel plans.

Consequently, a significant number of non-local residents have already left, with more planning to depart by ‘Chand Raat.’ Concerns about overcrowded transportation hubs persist, especially at Rawalpindi Railway Station.

To avoid anticipated congestion, many office-goers have sent their families ahead. Rashid Mehmood, bound for Lahore, recounts past experiences of exploitation by private transporters during festivals.

Crowds gather at various terminals, eager to secure tickets for their journeys. However, irregularities in ticket sales emerge, with allegations of seat hoarding and ticket reselling at inflated prices.

Further complaints arise about the lack of available vehicles despite valid tickets, highlighting systemic failures in managing overcharging and overloading concerns.

As Eid approaches, addressing these issues becomes urgent, emphasising the need for swift regulatory measures to protect travellers’ rights and ensure fair access to transportation services.