GUJRANWALA - Despite imposition of a ban on two-stroke rickshaws, the noise and smoke-emitting vehicles can be seen plying city roads without let and hindrance, giving rise not only to noise pollution but also causing respiratory diseases among the citizens.

During a survey conducted by this correspondent, residents of different areas said that they have been facing severe traffic problems due to indifference of the district administration and traffic police officials to implement the ban on two-stroke rickshaws. They pointed out that these ‘obsolete’ vehicles are not only adding to the noise pollution but the smoke, emitted by these vehicles, are also causing respiratory diseases among the citizens. They said that despite imposition of ban, a large number of two-stroke rickshaws can be seen roaming city areas, especially GT Road, Nowshehra Road, Jinnah Road, Circular Road and other western areas of the city.

“According to Section 15 of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act, smoke-emitting noisy vehicles which damage the environment are not allowed to ply roads,” they informed, adding that the rickshaw drivers also fleece passengers while many a underage and untrained drivers have put the public lives at risk. They regretted that abundance of these vehicles also causes severe traffic jam in the city, especially on Nian Chowk, Clock Tower Chowk, Circular Road etc.

Citizens demanded the authorities concerned to implement the ban on pollution-emitting vehicles and replace them with four-stroke rickshaws to decrease air and noise pollution. They also demanded stern action against the officials for not taking action against such vehicles.