KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday continued to hear a civil petition for leave to appeal to set aside the SHC order of imposing a ban on three-wheelers motorcycle rickshaws better known as Chingchi rickshaws. The Apex court has sought a comprehensive project report from Sindh transport secretary regarding alternate transport for Chingchi rickshaws.
The SC bench comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Maqbool Bakar questioned representative of transport department that what progress has been done regarding alternate transport of Chingchi rickshaws?
“Mass Transit project is ready to go but its land has been encroached by some people;, action is being taken against them” representative of transport department submitted.
The court remarked that Japanese government is funding for this project, they surely cannot send their army to remove the encroachments made on the project’s land; it is your responsibility.
Secretary transport, Taha Farooqi and DIG of traffic police also appeared before the court. The SC bench questioned Farooqi about the court yesterday’s direction for holding a meeting with Chingchi association and other relevant departments to make a comprehensive plan for alternate transport for the citizens.
Farooqi requested the court to give respite for this purpose. The court directed him to file a written statement in this regard.
The court observed that citizens had started to rely on Chingchi rickshaws due to shortage of public transport. Commuters are being forced to travel on the buses’ rooftops, which is more dangerous, SC bench remarked.
The Apex court directed secretary transport to hold a meeting with Chingchi association and other relevant departments to make a comprehensive plan for alternate transport for the citizens.
The hearing of the case was adjourned for two weeks.
The SC bench comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Maqbool Bakar was hearing a civil petition challenging SHC order of imposing a ban on Chingchi rickshaws.
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on 5th August imposed ban on running of Chingchi Rickshaws operating without route permits and other necessary documentations on main roads of Karachi and other parts of Sindh. SHC had also directed traffic police and transport authorities to take action against Chingchi rickshaws.
SHC bench comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Mohammad Junaid Ghaffar in its verdict observed that plying of these rickshaws is violation of Motor Vehicle Rules 1969.