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    Free family bus service for Chitral town lauded

    By Zahiruddin

    CHITRAL: Family Bus Service is the initiative launched by a Good Samaritan in Chitral town which gives pick-and-drop facility to the common man from his home to the hospital and the way round and all this is free of cost.



    The service launched a few months ago has become quite popular among the people as it has relieved them of the burden of obnoxious fares of taxi cabs which were not affordable for many when they had to take their women and children to the hospital.



    Shahzada Sirajul Mulk, a retired major pilot of the national flag carrier and currently running a hotel for tourists in the city, is the pious soul behind the bounteousness who was one of those to feel the intense need but was really the first one to come forward with a practical solution at his own cost.



    The cozy and comfortable bus picks  the women and the children accompanying from their nearby stops, takes to the hospital and drops them back at their stops at designated time assigned for each stop while no male is allowed to embark the bus without family.



    The beneficiaries of the service pointing out yet another benefit of the service said that a male member of the family did not need to accompany their females and children to the hospital as the bus was reserved for women and children and no male was allowed entry without family.



    Fazli Qadir of Singoor, a beneficiary of the service, said that he works as porter in the bazaar on daily wage and it is pleasant for him to note that he goes to his workplace as usual on the day of the week when his newborn child is vaccinated as his wife takes the baby to the hospital travelling on the bus.



    “In the past, I used to go to the hospital with my wife or children and missing the wage of the day on one hand and on the other hand spent Rs.600 as fare of taxi cab which was nearly my daily earning”, he said added that the poor and the indigent heaved a sigh of relief with the bus service.



    He said that there is no intra-city public transport service leaving the commuters at the mercy of the taxi cab owners who fleeced them when they took their women and children to the hospital for check-up from different parts of the town and a male had to accompany them.



    Mr. Mulk said that there was much to be done for the welfare of the poor folk dwelling in the city and one of the aims of his introducing the family bus service was to incite the affluent people of the area to come forward with works of charity.



    He said that where there charity gains currency, the society becomes stands on sound footings and the situation of poverty prevailing in Chitral warranted that the affluent people should come forward with special focus on health sector.


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