RAWALPINDI: The metro bus service between Rawalpindi and Islamabad was closed on Friday as bus drivers went on strike towards the non-payment of their salaries the previous few months and the deduction of fines from their salaries.
Greater than 110,000 folks have been affected because of the strike and the Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMA) and the divisional administration had not but solved the difficulty until the submitting of this report.
Drivers have been demanding assurance from the provincial authorities for the fee of their excellent dues and that the corporate ought to cease deducting fines from drivers’ salaries.
They parked their buses in the principle bus terminal on the Pakistan Secretariat and refused to drive them until their salaries are launched.
They threatened to halt the service completely if the Punjab authorities and administration don’t launch their salaries.
They carried banners which have been inscribed with slogans towards administration and associated increased officers within the authority.
PMA Rawalpindi in-charge Shamila Mohsin instructed Daybreak that the authority had employed the companies of a non-public firm, Platform, which was to supply drivers for the bus service.
She mentioned the matter was pending between the non-public firm and the drivers and that PMA had directed the corporate to resolve the matter as quickly as potential.
She mentioned the corporate had mentioned that it had deducted the fines for the violation of guidelines for drivers issued by PMA.
“It’s not potential for the non-public firm to not impose fines on drivers for violations,” she mentioned.
Ms Mohsin mentioned between 100,000 and 110,000 passengers use the metro bus service day by day.
Passengers arrived on the stations on Friday however workers refused to situation them tickets. Those that had bus playing cards went so far as the platforms and their fare was additionally deducted by the automated punch machines.
Public transport was not obtainable from Murree Highway to Islamabad and many individuals needed to get taxis and rickshaws to Faizabad from the place they bought on a wagon to Islamabad.
Commuters additionally confronted issues coming again to Rawalpindi and benefiting from the scenario, taxi drivers have been additionally charging greater than the standard charge.
Ready for transport on the Liaquat Bus Station, Sajid Mughal mentioned authorities must also permit non-public transporters on the metro route.
A resident, Raja Liaquat mentioned his sister was utilizing the wagon because of the suspension of the metro bus service.
Passengers demanded the Punjab authorities conduct an inquiry into how monetary issues had began within the authority which resulted into the non-payment of salaries and made administration minimize fines from drivers’ salaries.