Bike renting is a big thing in South Punjab

MULTAN: With the growing needs of transportation among the masses, the business of rent-a-motorcycle is becoming popular, especially in rural areas of South Punjab.

A number of people have established motorcycle rental shops in almost all cities, towns and villages of the region, while some citizens are running this as a part time business.

Khawaja Zafar, owner of a rent-a-motorcycle shop in Multan, said that he is running the business for the last 12 years. He added that Rs25 per hour is charged from the citizens, who avail a motorcycle on rent.

He claimed, “It is a good business and I am earning a handsome amount.” He informed that the rent charges for 125cc motorcycles are double the rent of 70cc two-wheelers.

About people’s requirement for motorcycles, Zafar maintained the use of bicycles has almost ended and a good number of people avail facility of rental bikes.

To a question he said that he provides motorcycles to citizens after checking their identity cards along with guarantee of any local known person.

Allah Dittah, a farmer and resident of Vehari, said he owns a motorcycle which he uses for domestic needs but it also serves as a source of earning for him.

He added, “I take people from Pipli Village to bus stand or vice-versa. I earn an average Rs300 to Rs400 on a daily basis.”

He pointed out that he also provides motorcycle on rent to other villagers.

Muhammad Khalid, another villager, said he has eight family members. “We have two motorcycles for domestic use but sometimes we have to hire a motorcycle in emergency situations.” He also termed rent-a-motorcycle a good facility for the poor.

PCCC, ICRA sign MoU on cotton research

MULTAN: The International Cotton Researchers Association (ICRA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) for exchanging research information between Pakistani scientists and those from the rest of the world.

The ICRA is a subsidiary of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). ICRA Chairman Michel Fok signed the MoU. Fok said on the occasion that the ICRA assists Pakistan in addressing problems related to its cotton sector through cooperation and mutual exchange of information.

He also inaugurated ICRA’s first secretariat in Pakistan at PCCC headquarters in Multan with head of plant physiology and chemistry wing of CCRI Multan Fayyaz Ahmad as its secretary.