A decrease has been witnessed in the number of daily metro bus commuters.
The number of daily travellers using the Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus has fallen from 120,000 to 100,000 after the surge in the fares, as informed by the commissioner of Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
The metro bus fares have surged from Rs.20 to Rs.30 per person.
Retired Capt. Saqib Zafar—the Rawalpindi Commissioner was given a briefing by the Punjab Mass transit Authority (CDA) during his visit to the metro bus stations and the command and control centre in the area of Saddar.
The facilities provided to the passengers were inspected by the commissioner at the bus stations and he was given a comprehensive presentation.
As per a senior official who attended the meeting the commissioner was concerned by the non-operational elevators and escalators at the 24 bus stations in the twin cities.
There is a total of 83 elevators and 83 escalators in the 10 stations of Rawalpindi ad 14 stations of Islamabad, but many of them are non-functional.
The commissioner asked the authorities to complete the repairing process of the elevators and escalators quickly to facilitate the passengers, especially the ones who are disabled or elderly.
The meeting was further briefed that the authority has hired 4 firms for the repair and maintenance of platforms, stations and the raised metro bus track and contracts have also been awarded for the same purpose.
The commissioner said that work should be completed as soon as possible without compromising on the quality.
He further said that the bus authority should speed up any pending construction while taking safety measures, and the government was offering all available resources for the improvement of the infrastructure without any delay.