CHITRAL: The district administration has decided to ban night-time public transport from other parts of the country to Chitral and within Chitral to avoid accidents that have become frequent.
This was told to a delegation of social activists led by Mahmood Ahmad Saill during a meeting with the deputy commissioner Shahab Hamid Yousafzai on Thursday, says a press release.
The delegation visited the DC office to know the status regarding the management of transport Adas and the night traveling of passenger vehicles from Peshawar and Islamabad/Rawalpindi to Chitral. They were informed that the letter after approval from the commissioner had been forwarded to the secretary transport KP.
According to the DC, after the final approval proper and strong action will be taken against all the illegal Ada owners and night traveling to avoid accidents and people hurdles. He also appealed to the passengers to cooperate with the authorities in the implementation of laws, follow the rules and regulations issued by the district administration and inform authorities if anyone was found not following the orders.
The delegation requested Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to resolve the transportation problems and night traveling in the hilly and dangerous roads of Chitral. Chitrali passengers have complained of humiliation and fleecing by transporters in Peshawar and other parts of the country.
Besides, the transporters leave Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Islamabad in the evening and reach the tunnel in Dir side in the next morning to wait the opening of the tunnel after 5pm. Besides, there are no facilities of even seating, bathroom and drinking water in the makeshift Adas set up in different streets of Peshawar where the passengers especially women and the elderly face lots of hardship.