شاہی سواری! or The New Ricky!

The govt. of Punjab has imposed a ban on the old, blue-colored ‘Vespa’ rickshaws. Of course, this is now very old news. But given that I was given a good ‘lecture’ by one of the drivers of this ‘shahi-sawaari’ only a couple of days back, and also that I have a ‘chingchee’ for one of my own projects, I feel that one should come up with a ‘new’ rickshaw. Something that is not as ugly as the ones promoted by the government (those CNG green globs), and something that is silent and smooth and something you would want to hitch a ride on. some like this, I’d say would do jusssttt fine:


5 Comments so far

  1. iceCube (unregistered) on August 27th, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

    Uh… but wait. Don’t you think, this would look like science fiction on Lahori roads?!

  2. Momekh (unregistered) on August 27th, 2006 @ 6:44 pm

    a welcome sight of science fiction :)
    i mean, WHY cant they design something like the above? what are the constraints? it obviously uses less material to begin with so it will be cheaper!! :P
    there is still space for the engine, which is under the seat, and we have two seats, so the engine wont be a problem… i mean, seriously, one would pay just to sit on them, and getting dropped to your destination would almost be a ‘by-product’!

  3. Sa'ad (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 5:49 am

    Not that the current rickshaws are any safer, from a safety point of view this is still dangerous. You could fall out of the seat, in case of accident could be crushed by the impact, sitting on a CNG cylinder isn’t nice either as it explodes leaving unpleasant scars around the bottom half of the body. I have a few solutions that i think can help solve the transport problems of our city.
    1- Monorail or underground metro. Preferbly the Monorail since it would make us look all futuristic and stuff…
    2- Jet packs for every citizen. Or how about this, CNG jet packs. No no Green jet packs. Ah screw the whole thing. Hover cars will do.
    3- A mesh of tubes all over the city to suck you in like a vacuum and transport you to the other side of the city.
    4- Giant teleporters. You’d need giant elec generators with it though. You don’t want WAPDA to cut off power while parts of your body are being reassembled.
    5- Revival of those flying dinosaurs so we can fly to our destination. Zero pollution, no traffic jams. This is my personal favorite. The government should petition that old guy from Jurassic park to breed some of these for us. The only issue is see is people slipping on a kilo or two of dino poo falling from the sky. But kuch panay kay liyay kuch khona parta hai.

  4. iceCube (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 6:36 pm

    >>people slipping on a kilo or two of dino poo falling from the sky.

    I think I’d stick with the trendy rickshaws for now.

  5. SK (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

    I think this prototype vehicle is that of TVC, an automotive manufacturer in India. I can barely see such rickshaws in Pakistan

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