Public transport suspended between Rawalpindi and other flood-affected areas – Latest News – The Nation
Rawalpindi-Public transport between Rawalpindi and other provinces has been suspended after several roads and bridges were submerged in water or broken due to recent floods.
Due to the unavailability of public transport, tens of thousands of passengers are suffering. Owners of private cars and taxis allegedly robbed the passengers.
Horrible monsoon rains in Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan have taken their toll on lives as well as other infrastructure.
Areas for which public transport service is suspended from Rawalpindi include Gilgit-Baltistan, Swat, Mingora, Behren, Kalam, Malam Jabba, Mardan, Dergai, Chakdara, Shamozai, Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Matta, Batgram, Hunza , Dassu, Nowshero Feroz, Layyah, Rajan Pur, Nigar Pur, Qazi Abad, Kashmoor, Rana Pur, Hyrrabad, Quetta, Karachi and many other areas.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Welfare Transport Association and Markazi Anjuman-e-Tajran set up a flood relief camp at Pirwadhai bus station on Saturday.
Traders and the transport association have called on citizens to donate essential items in the camp to help those affected by the floods.
Speaking to The Nation, Nauman Khan, a passenger, said he reached Pirwadhai bus station to catch a bus to his hometown of Mingora, but here he was informed that the service Transport between Rawalpindi and Swat was suspended due to flooding. He said he is a worker and he doesn’t have enough money to rent a private car to reach his destination. “I wanted to go to Layyah but public transport is not available at any bus terminal in Rawalpindi,” said another passenger, Irshad Ahmed, a university student.
An elected representative of the public transport union said transporters have decided to suspend transport service between Rawalpindi and other flood-affected areas for the safety of passengers and transporters. He said it was a big loss for drivers and conductors, but roads and bridges were destroyed by the flash floods almost in all these areas.
He indicated that the government has been informed in this regard and that the public transport service will be made operational after the renovation of roads and bridges.
Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi was not available for comment on the matter.