Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has announced the launch of its women-only bus service. Reportedly, the service is absolutely free of cost.
This news was announced on the official Twitter handle of Cheif Security, who tweeted:
“Great news for our daughters, sisters and mothers of Gilgit Baltistan. InshaAllah soon we will be starting a free-of-cost women-only bus service in Gilgit and Skardu during the peak hours on high rush routes. Now you can travel in a safe and comfortable environment and go freely to your schools, universities, colleges, hospitals, clinics and markets. Another landmark event by the Government of GB for the public. Starting first in Gilgit city and Skardu City.”
Great news for our daughters, sisters and mothers of Gilgit Baltistan. InshaAllah soon we will be starting free of cost women only bus service in Gilgit and Skardu during the peak hours on high rush routes . Now you can travel in a safe and comfortable environment and 1/2
— Office of the Chief Secretary, Gilgit Baltistan (@csgbpk) September 22, 2022
Social media users have applauded this initiative saying that not only will it help women with transport costs in such thought times but will also encourage and empower them to go to school, offices, clinics, hospitals, markets, and travel for business purposes.
sir thank you for your special concentration
— Amina Shigri (@amina_shigri) September 22, 2022
— Jawad (@Jawadullah_Haq) September 22, 2022
Appreciated and much needed step.
— Araib Ali Baig (@The_North_Blood) September 22, 2022
Moreover, the buses will run during rush hours along the main thoroughfares of Gilgit and Skardu. However, the government is yet to announce the exact routes and timings within each city.
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The contractor has increased the monthly toll tax for transporters from Rs. 1,400 to Rs. 2,200, which we cannot accept under any circumstances. The daily toll, which was previously Rs. 50 per day, has been doubled, adding to our financial burden; this should be reversed immediately. -President of Hazara Transporters Association Jan Alam