Transporters, overload overcharge in Chitral
Chitral --Transportation has forever been a
chronic problem for Chitralis. Whether travelling within the
town or within the district or out of it travelers have to pay
through their nose to avail the basic facilty. Taxis charge a
wobbling Rs 100 per kilometer which is probably the most
expensive tariff in the world,.and there being no public
transportation in the town, commuters are condemned to use these
taxis. While travelling in rickety overloaded 'land cruisers'
and 'flying coaches' within the district the same coditions meet
Despite being aerially connected to the outside,
Chitralis have always been insecure about the reliability of the
air service due to it being totally dependent on good weather.
The air flight between Chitral and Peshawar which is 25 minutes
flying time cost Rs 3500, again a very high tariff by any
With the widening of Lowari roads and the tunnel
facility last winters, A couple of transporters from down
country and Gilgit started operating Coaster service between
Chitral and Peshawar/Islamabad. This service began well and was
a sigh of relief but soon overeating, overcharging and
irregularity has become normal with these coaster services too.
If the tunnel (which is closed unreasonably when no work is
going on inside) would have been made available transportation
prices would have dropped considerably.
Although accessibility of Chitral has improved
some bit, with the Lowari tunnel access in winters at least, and
induction of Islamabad flights, but the high charges by
transporters need to be checked, and this can best be done by
encouraging more transporters to join in the competition. by
welcoming them and giving them more facilities. --(CN report, 14
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