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Monday, February 15, 2010

Traditional Means of Transport and Communication



In 1995 (22 May to be exact), the Pakistan Post published an Rs.5 denomination stamp on account of Traditional Means of Transport and Communication. The stamp showed a Victoria, a four-wheel horse driven cart once very popular in Karachi, the port city of Pakistan. Now the cart has almost become extinct with the rapid mechanization of the means of transport and one can only see Victoria on weddings or in Clifton area for joy rides for tourists only.

In other parts of Pakistan, the traditional two-wheel horse driven cart, Tonga, is still being used mostly in the rural areas for both traveling and transportation. However, like Karachi, the rapid mechanization of transport means, and specially with the introduction of Ching-Chi (after a Chinese motor cycle attached to a traveling frame, used for transportation), the reliance on slow moving tongas is gradually reducing. And it is now matter of time, when tongas will become a thing of the past, like the Victoria.

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