From pump to public

Letter May 19, 2024
From pump to public


The recent announcement of a reduction in petrol and diesel prices has come as a breath of fresh air for the public, who have been struggling with rising inflation. The government declared a reduction of over 15 rupees per liter in petrol prices and 7 rupees per liter in diesel prices. However, the true benefit of this reduction will only be realised if the government ensures that the savings are directly passed on to the people.

One critical area that needs immediate attention is the public transport sector. Despite a significant drop of over 20 rupees per liter in petrol prices within the last fortnight, public transport fares remain unchanged. Transporters often eagerly raise fares whenever there is an increase in fuel prices, without waiting for official fare adjustments. However, they are slow to reduce fares when fuel prices drop, often citing various excuses. This reluctance to lower fares even after a significant decrease in fuel costs highlights a persistent issue in ensuring that the benefits of reduced fuel prices are passed on to the public.

The government must issue revised fare schedules for public transport and ensure strict enforcement. This reduction should then translate into lower prices for essential goods, particularly food items, thereby providing genuine relief to the public.

Gulab Umid


Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2024.

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