People who rely on Qingqi—both for income and transportation—will face serious challenges if the rickshaws are removed from the streets of Lahore. “If (the government) shuts this down, I think in Lahore half a million people could become unemployed,” says Arif Khokhar, who has been making Qingqi for a living for 17 years. (Kat Lonsdorf/MEDILL)
Lahore, a city of around 11 million, is overflowing with traffic. As the government tries to combat congestion with new transportation, like the Orange Line, older forms are naturally pushed out. The Orange Line threatens to specifically displace one of Lahore’s most rampant forms of transport: the Qingqi.
Qingqi (pronounced CHING-chee) are made by removing the back wheel of a motorbike and replacing it with a wheeled metal carriage. The result is a kind of oversized rickshaw that oftentimes carries up to ten or twelve people.
Check out the gallery below for photos of Qingqi and how they’re made: