Lahore : Provincial Minister Transport Jahanzeb Khan Khichi said that matters with regard to running public transport between Punjab government and transporters have been settled and All Pakistan Public Transport Association has announced to run transport from tomorrow.
On the direction of CM Punjab, negotiations between Provincial Minister Jehanzeb Khichi and transporters relating to implementation on SOPs for running transport were held at Transport House today.
Provincial Industries & Trade Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal, Secretary Transport Asad ur Rehman Gillani, President Transport Alliance Action Committee Asmat Ullah Niazi and other transporters also participated in the meeting.
Jehanzeb Khitchi remarked that the benefits of reduction in petroleum and diesel prices must reach to the masses in the shape of reduction of fares. Transport running on motorway will adhare to the SOPs of federal government, he added.
He informed that 20 per cent reduction will be made in the fares of transport running on GT road and implementation on government SOPs will be fully ensured. He further emphasized that under government SOPs passengers will maintain a distance of three feet while travelling in public transport.
He further disclosed that the bus will be disinfected after completion of its route and availability of sanitizers at bus stations will also be ensured. He highlighted that wearing of mask and gloves for the passengers have been declared mandatory while passengers affected due to fever or cough will not be allowed to board the bus.
All Pakistan Public Transport Association assured Jahanzeb Khichi for ensuring complete implementation on the chalked out SOPs with the government.
Earlier ; Mian Aslam Iqbal reiterated that government is concerned to run the wheel of transport so that common man should not face difficulties. The Minister assured that due demands of transporters will be fulfilled so that the vehicle of common man should run smoothly on the road.
He stated that if one family is travelling from one city to another then they can sit together.
He disclosed that transporters have requested to delay the payment of vehicles being taken on lease through banks and in this regard transport department will write a letter to the federal government forthwith.