The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Minister for Information and Transport, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said the
provincial government has agreed in principle to provide route permits to all
registered rikshaws plying in Peshawar. Before taking any action in this
respect, the minister granted one week time to the rikshaw union to
consult their community.
The decision to this effect
was taken in a high level meeting held in the Commissioner House Peshawar on
Wednesday. The meeting beside others was also attended by the Commissioner
Peshawar, Tariq Jameel, Secretary Transport Sikandar Qayum, SSP Peshawar Yameen
Khan, authorities concerned of the Transport and Excise & Taxation Departments
and representatives of the rikshaw union.
The meeting on this occasion
also reviewed affairs of passenger buses, mini buses, suzukis and Quinchis
Rikshaws and decided that representatives of all transport unions would be
called and informed about the steps being taken by the government for
improvement of traffic system.
The Transport Minister made
it clear to the representatives of rikshaws union that in keeping with the
decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, no rikshaw having 2-stroke engine
would be allowed on the roads. He directed them to convert their 2-stroke into
4-stroke engine at the earliest otherwise stern action would be taken in this
regard. Similarly, rikshaws having registration of other districts would be
sent to their respective districts, he said.
Mian Iftikhar on this
occasion disclosed that a crackdown would soon be started against all illegal
rikshaws and other vehicles. He said that the government would rectify the
traffic problems at any cost in the provincial metropolis adding that no
pressure would be accepted in this respect. He told the rikshaw union that no
further extension would be given after lapse of one week time adding that the
government would be justified in taking action after the said period.