KARACHI: Because the Sindh authorities’s ban on inter-city bus companies got here into impact on Thursday, dozens of passengers discovered themselves stranded within the metropolis, unable to return to their properties.
With non-essential companies too shut down within the province, a number of employees who had travelled to Karachi from completely different elements of the nation sought to return to their hometowns, however in useless. In the meantime, sufferers and their caretakers, visiting the provincial capital for therapy additionally confronted difficulties in getting again dwelling.
“My six-year-old nephew, who is suffering from bone marrow cancer, was declared untreatable and discharged from the government hospital,” Gul Muhammad, a resident of Mehar, informed The Categorical Tribune. “His family has been running from one bus station to another with the ailing boy, trying to go back home, but they are stranded in Karachi.”
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In the meantime, with giant buses and coaches restricted from leaving or coming into cities, the drivers and homeowners of small vans have taken the chance to show a revenue, elevating their fares.
From Karachi to Hyderabad, drivers are charging Rs600 as a substitute of Rs300, whereas it prices Rs1,000 as a substitute of Rs450 to journey to Nawabshah, Rs900 as a substitute of Rs400 to achieve Tando Allahyar, and Rs1,600 as a substitute of Rs800 to get to Sukkur. In the meantime, taxi drivers too have hiked their fares.
Furthermore, the closure of those bus companies has left many drivers and cleaners unemployed and much from dwelling. A variety of drivers claimed that within the wake of the ban, the site visitors police had been impounding automobiles and handing out challans. Consequently, they mentioned, they couldn’t even drive dwelling in empty buses.
Printed in The Categorical Tribune, March 21st, 2020.