Action against Chingchis begins


KARACHI: The Karachi Traffic Police carried out crackdown on Chingchi Rickshaws in some areas of the city on Thursday on the directives of Deputy Inspector General of Traffic Police, Karachi, Dr Ameer Ahmed Sheikh.

The traffic police fined those Chingchi frivers who was covering roadsides and footpaths illegally and causing traffic jams. The crackdown was initiated on different roads including MA Jinnah Road, University Road, Shahra-e-Faisal Road, Johar More, Numaish Chowrangi, Tariq Road and other localities.

The Traffic Police also intimated Commissioner Karachi Office about the drive against Chingchis as city has no further capacity to bear the rush of these chingchis anymore.

Talking to PPI, one of daily commuters, Noman Ali Soomro said that government has discriminated with Karachi, the city of 20 million population where acute shortage of public transport has made their lives miserable. He said there should be respect for the citizens to give them comfortable public transport system. He said they become tired to travel through dangerous Chingchi and roof-tops of minibuses.

On the other hand, Sindh Transport Department’s Secretary Taha Farooqui admits that in Karachi there is 45 percent of population who uses public transport public transport is available for them in the city including all types of vehicles to cater needs of just only 4.5 percent of these commuters.

Sindh Transport Department would meet this huge shortage soon, he said while heading the transport related program held few weeks ago at a local hotel.