Number of daily metro bus passengers falls in Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi

The number of daily passengers using the Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus has fallen from 120,000 to 100,000 following the increase in fare, the Rawalpindi commissioner was informed on Wednesday. Similarly, Metro passengers in Lahore and Multan have also decreased by 20 to 30 percent since the fare increased to Rs.30 from Rs.20.Passengers have complained of non-functional escalators and elevators. However, Metro Bus authorities in Multan said," we did not increase the fare keeping in view the financial position of people of this area." Our passengers are increasing since we have introduced cash payment for fare in case of non-availability of cards.
Metro bus fares have been increased from Rs20 to Rs30 per person.
Rawalpindi Commissioner retired Capt Saqib Zafar was briefed by the Punjab Masstransit Authority (CDA) during his visit to metro bus stations and the command and control centre in Saddar.
Mr Zafar inspected facilities provided to passengers at bus stations and was given a detailed presentation.
A senior official who attended the meeting told media that the commissioner was concerned by the non-functional elevators and escalators at 24 bus stations in the twin cities.
There are a total of 83 elevators and 83 escalators in Rawalpindi’s 10 and Islamabad’s 14 stations, but most of them are out of order.
The commissioner asked the authorities to finish repairing elevators and escalators quickly to facilitate passengers, particularly those who are disabled or elderly.
The meeting was informed that the authority has hired four companies to repair and maintain platforms, stations and the elevated metro bus track, and contracts have been awarded.
The commissioner said work should be completed as soon as possible without compromising on quality. He said asphalt work, road drainage and beautification should be carried out.
He also asked about the number of buses in operation, and was told that there are 68 air conditioned buses in operation but the number of passengers has fallen following the increase in bus fare.
Buses are parked at a depot near Peshawar Mor that is spread over 16.5 acres to accommodate 100 buses. Buses travel from Saddar to Pakistan Secretariat in 48 minutes, the meeting was informed.
Mr Zafar said the bus authority should expedite any pending construction while taking safety measures, and the government was providing all available resources to improve infrastructure without delay.

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