KARACHI (PPI) - The environmentalists and citizens are still waiting for conversion of toxic pollution causing 55,000 two-stroke rickshaws into four stroke engines in the city. President National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) Naeem Qureshi told PPI on Sunday that the Sindh Transport had decided three years back to convert 55,000 two-stroke rickshaws into four stroke engines in the city in different phases within the three years period but not a single rickshaw has so far been converted, which is matter of great concern. He said Sindh Governor on 30 May 2007 had given relaxation to rickshaw owners to convert their two-stroke rickshaw into four stroke engines in phases during the three years period that ended in June 2010. He said that two-stroke rickshaws are causing noise and smoke pollution that develops respiratory and other dangerous diseases among the people. The noise pollution decreases hearing ability and also affects capability of mind, he said. Naeem Qureshi said that Sindh government had also announced last fiscal year to provide Rs3,000 subsidy per rickshaw for conversion but such amount was also not paid to rickshaw owners. The citizens stricken by pollution and rickshaw owners are anxiously waiting for Rs3,000 amount, he said. 'At present, all rickshaw owners are waiting for provision of facilities and Rs30,000 amount from the Sindh government. They have also reminded various times to Provincial Minister for Transport, Secretary Transport and Secretary Provincial Transport Authority but matter could not be resolved yet, he further said. He asked the Sindh government to take steps on emergency basis for controlling pollution in city. He suggested it would good if a meeting of all stakeholders is held to discuss the issues and find its solution. Light rain expected The meteorological department on Sunday forecast a partly cloudy weather with chances of light rain in the metropolis during the next 24 hours. The citys maximum temperature will remain between 35C to 37C.