Marches render public transport drivers, workers jobless

RAWALPINDI: The sit-ins and protest marches have rendered 4,000 drivers and conductors of the public transport plying between the twin cities, jobless.The protest movement launched by PTI and PAT is continuing since the last 15 days and the administration has blocked the roads and avenues by placing containers on them to deal with the marches. The blockage of roads has adversely effected the business of public transport running between the twin cities.Routes No 1, C1 21, 105, 122, and 7 are the worst effected routes due to these long marches. Route No 1 starts from Sadar, Rawalpindi and ends at the Pakistan Secretariat Islamabad. Route No C1 commences from Sadar and ends at the Karachi Company. Route No 21 starts from Swan and ends at Secretariat. Route No 105 moves from 26 No to Bahara Kahu. Route No 122 begins from 17 mile to Taramri and route No 7 from Swan to Golra More. The drivers said that they have to pay Rs 1,800 per day to the owners of the wagon and in these days they are paying this amount from their own pocket as the road blockages have dented their income tremendously. “We can make only one to two rounds nowadays while we used to make five to six rounds earlier. This way our household budget has been disturbed,” they added. They appealed the government and the marchers to be compassionate on their nerves and to resolve the problems through dialogue rather than aggravating the situation.

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