No rickshaws please!

I was searching for some rickshaw pictures for the blog’s button but stumbled upon this interesting news item. Okay, this is oldie but nontheless useful. For all the rickshaw lovers :D

The total number of vehicles in Lahore is increasing, causing more air pollution in the city. Particulate matter (PM), 2-storke vehicles, adulterated engine oil, and the lack of clear policy for replacing aging vehicles are blamed for much of Lahore’s air pollution. In response, the Punjab Environment Protection Department, Lahore’s City District Government, and Task Force Punjab will take measures to curb air pollution by formulating and implementing an air quality action plan. All stakeholders, especially media, should play a role in raising awareness about this issue.

* Government will introduce 4-stroke two-wheelers to replace existing 2-stroke vehicles. Over 35,000 rickshaws currently ply Lahore’s roads.
* “Green fund” to be set up for soft loans for environment-friendly projects.
* Diesel buses will be phased out, and eventually, only CNG buses will be allowed on the roads. CNG buses and autorickshaws to be imported from India.
* I/M testing centers to be established, and the government will adopt a “pollutor pays” principle.

Original source here

And just found this beautiful picture on Organic Steam (I don’t know the person but she surely does well with the camera)

3 Comments so far

  1. Ali (unregistered) on July 12th, 2005 @ 8:41 am

    U folks are doing a tremendous job. Keep up the good word. Also – thanks 4 sharing that link to Organic Steam – great photos!!

    Create Peace.

  2. Anna (unregistered) on July 12th, 2005 @ 9:05 pm

    Lahore is way ahead of the U.S.

    You know they still allow 2-strokes in every state but California? Way to go!


  3. Abbas Halai (unregistered) on July 12th, 2005 @ 9:48 pm

    read the rickshaw blog sometime at rickshaw dot blog spot dot com.

    also check out the wikipedia entry on rickshaw. it’s brilliant.

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