KARACHI - The provincial government has set June 30, 2010 as the new deadline for rickshaw owners to convert their two-stroke rickshaws with environment-friendly four stroke CNG rickshaws in the City, sources told The Nation. Sindh Transport Department has disclosed this in written answers sent to the Sindh Assembly and it was expected to surface in today's (Wednesday) question-answer session of the provincial assembly. Besides, questions relating to Transport and Taxation Departments, the House will pay homage to President Asif Ali Zardari in connection with his brave decision to reinstate CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry and other deposed judges. Sources said that Minister for Transport Akhtar Hussain Jadoon, during question answer session, will face tough questions about the failure of government to convert two-stroke rickshaws to CNG based four-stroke rickshaws. The minister is expected to inform the legislators that the government has granted permission to rickshaw owners to replace their two-stroke vehicles with four-strokes CNG ones by June 30, 2010. The minister said this ban has been extended in the larger public interest keeping in view the financial condition of the rickshaws owners who belonged to poor segments of society and could not convert their four-stroke rickshaws up to June 30, 2007. The total number of vehicles holding route permits, operating on urban routes in Karachi as public transport vehicles, is 1,07,762. According to the data collected by the public transport department, there are 2,598 buses, 5,935 minibuses, 3,372 coaches, 230 buses (KPTS), 42 buses (UTS-AC), 220 buses (UTS), 24,209 taxis (black and white), 23,095 taxis yellow cabs, 43,325 two-stroke auto rickshaws and 4,736 four-stroke CNG rickshaws. Sources said the arrears worth million of rupees of Sindh government on account of property tax were still pending with PTCP and KESC and this issues was likely to be taken up in today's Sindh Assembly proceedings. Meanwhile, Minister of Taxation, Mukesh Kumar, disclosed that arrears of property tax towards Pakistan Telecommunication Limited were over Rs201 million and the KESC owed Rs28.115 million for the current financial year. According to sources, the recovery of arrears of property tax from PTCL and KESC is under way and notices under Land Revenue Act 1967 had already been issued to these organisations by the concerned excise and taxation authorities.