KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday sought a comprehensive project report from Sindh government regarding alternate transport to replace Chingchi rickshaws.
The SC bench comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Maqbool Bakar questioned the Additional Attorney General (AAG) Sindh that when there was no alternate transport for Chingchi rickshaws why the government reached the SHC and requested to ban it?
“Chingchi rickshaws were restricted to ply in limited areas but they started running on main roads as well as Superhighway. These rickshaws were violating Motor Vehicle Rules 1969, AAG submitted before the court.
The court remarked that if there was something wrong it should have been made correct. It remarked that minibuses plying on the city roads also in dilapidated condition as well.
Sindh Government is spending money on unnecessary projects but public transport issue is still beyond its attention; affordable public transport has been finished in the metropolis, the bench remarked.
The court directed secretary transport to hold a meeting with association of Chinchis and other relevant departments to make a comprehensive plan for alternate public transport for the citizens. The court directed the secretary transport to submit the report on Thursday (today).
The SC bench comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Maqbool Bakar was hearing a civil petition for leave to appeal to set aside the SHC order of imposing a ban on three-wheelers motor cycle rickshaws better known as Chingchi rickshaws.
Advocate Ghulam Qadir Jatoi and Advocate Syed Abdul Waheed had filed the petition on behalf of Altaf Raza, president of the Association for the Welfare of Owners and Staff of Chingchi, Sindh.
President of the association, Altaf Raza challenged the impugned judgment of SHC and submitted that families of rickshaws’ drivers are facing hardship due to the ban.
Citing Sindh government through the transport secretary; excise and taxation secretary, district regional transport authority secretary and the deputy inspector general of traffic police as respondents, the association pleaded the court to declare the impugned order of the high court. They requested the apex court to allow the plying of chinghi rickshaws on the roads so that their economic murder can come to an end.
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.