KTI reluctant to reduce transport fares

KARACHI: Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) Chairman Irshad Bukhari said on Thursday that transporters would not reduce fares until diesel rate is brought down to Rs 92 per liter.

Federal government announced to slash diesel prices by Rs 5 and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed the provincial governments to convey this relief to the common man by reducing transport fares.

Talking to PPI over telephone, Bukhari claimed that the transporters had not raised fares since April 2011 when diesel was at Rs 92 per liter. “Since then, the diesel price have risen to Rs 115 per liter but we still has not raised fares.”

He said that the government initiative to lower the petroleum prices would not last long as it had happened in the past and in that case it would be very difficult for them to adjust their fares. “We will not lower transport fares until the government further brings down the petroleum prices to Rs 92 per liter,” he said.

Bukhari said that he had sent an application to Minister Transport Mumtaz Jakhrani and Secretary Transport Taha Farooqui for showing their grievances.

When contacted, Secretary Transport confirmed PPI that the his ministry had received grievances sent by transporters and a meeting in this regard would be held on Monday to discuss their issues.

He said that goods transporters and intercity bus transporters had agreed to reduce their fares upto five percent while the Karachi transporters had expressed their grievances in this regard.

He said that the government was committed to shift relief in diesel prices to the common man and five percent cut in fares by goods transporters would bring a positive effect.

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