LAHORE – Amid the roaring business of transporters, millions of homebound people left Lahore on Saturday night to enjoy the Eid holidays with their families and friends at their homes while the remaining thousands went to their destinations on Sunday.
Eid exodus, however, would complete on Monday (today) morning as the people who do businesses or working class and belong to nearer cities of Lahore like Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Narowal, Sialkot, Kasur, etc would leave the City on midnight or early hours of Monday morning. They prefer to stay in city on moon night to earn livelihoods for their families.
More than three million people leave Lahore on every Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha for their hometowns to celebrate festivals with the families and friends. As a result, the provincial metropolis gradually experiences the taste of a city of less people and less public vehicles plying the roads. Lahore will almost present deserted look on Monday.
Alhough a large number of government officials who got week-long vacation including festival and weekly holidays from the offices had left the City on Thursday and Friday, but the biggest exodus was made on Saturday.
Those who left Lahore on last couple of days were included workers at industrial units, university students, those businessmen whom business is not related to Eid, owners of small hotels and restaurants and labourers.
About one third residents left to their native town from colonies like Model Town, Johar Town, Allama Iqbal Town, Gulsham Ravi, Township, Green Town, etc.
Saturday was the day when great rush was witnessed at city bus terminals and Lahore Railways Station, however, the roads of Lahore were comparatively calm on Sunday.
A mini van conductor at Multan Road said that rush had been decreased to 70 per cent as compared to Saturday. However, number of people with their families and luggage were seen at General Bus Stands, Niazi Bus Stands and at City Bus Terminal. Traffic was packed at city entrance and exit points on night. Passengers were also seen standing at Thoker Niaz Beg bypass, Shera Kot, Yadgar Chowk and Batti Chowk.
With the first phase of exodus started Thursday evening many passengers felt that the transporters were exploiting them, not only in terms of charging higher fares but in terms of indirect fares. A passenger standing at Thoker bypass said that the transporters were even charging full fair for the luggage.
But the passengers who used to go every year know that the fleecing people on these days by the transport owners is their usual business. However, the standard transport companies take the fare from the passengers as it has been mentioned at fare list. Some transporters say that they charge high from the passengers on Eid days as buses come back to Lahore with almost 60 per cent empty.