The present government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has decided about ending the subsidy on metro bus fares which was being given to justify the fares.
Nearly 331,000 people commute by the metro buses in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan on a per day basis, they would now be paying more in terms of fare.
The announcement was made by the provincial finance minister Punjab—Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht on Thursday.
He said that the government is giving rupees twelve billion per year on the metro bus projects in Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi. The Lahore Metro Bus service from now onwards commuting between Shahdara and Gajjumata would be charged on a stop-to-stop basis. He was also of the belief that these justifiable cuts in the fares would not be burdening the masses.
Lahore Metro Bus service was introduced with a twenty-seven-kilometre-long route at the cost of thirty billion rupees. It has been leading to a loss of rupees five million on a daily basis to the government in the form of subsidy as a uniform fare of twenty rupees per passenger for the complete route.
The metro bus service was inaugurated on the 11th of February 2013. It has got an 18.5 km-long route and has got twenty-one stations. As per the new policy, the fare between stations would also to experience an increase.
The current fare between two stations is twenty rupees in Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi Bus services which is being justified as per the distance. The increased fare may lie somewhere between forty to sixty rupees after the government would be withdrawing the subsidy.
The tickets are being provided to the commuters from a self-service Ticket Vending Machine (TVM).
The decision would not be affecting the metro bus cards presently being used for multiple journeys and could be gathered free of cost and could be recharged to a maximum amount of hundred rupees.