The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government will give “more” advertisements on the odd-even scheme, Transport Minister Gopal Rai said today, noting that all the money required for the road rationing programme will be spent as it is a matter of people’s life.
Reacting to BJP’s charge that the AAP government is spending “huge” funds on odd-even advertisements, he said, “We are not doing it for ourselves, we are doing it for the people of Delhi. We will advertise it even more and spend all the money required for odd-even scheme because it is a matter of people’s life in Delhi.”
Rai, who met BJP MP Vijay Goel in the morning to request him to not to violate the scheme which he did later and paid a fine of Rs 2000, alleged that BJP was trying to “fail” Delhi and its people.
“Everyone, including the schoolchildren, are working for the success of the scheme while Goel chose to violate it which is very unfortunate. This thinking of BJP is not proper, they are trying to fail Delhi and its people,” he said.
The minister said that he urged Goel to desist from violating the odd-even rule as it will send a “wrong message” to others.
“I asked him to raise his voice in Parliament or Jantar Mantar, but he violated odd-even scheme. It appears he is also against the rule of carrying driving licence and insurance papers while driving,” he said.
Goel, who was fined for driving an odd-numbered car on the even date, was also fined Rs 1500 for not showing his driving licence and vehicle insurance.
Rai, who took a bus tour to assess implementation of the scheme on first working day of the week since it started on April 15, claimed that most of the parents felt no problem in ferrying their children to school.
“The reports so far indicate that 90 per cent parents smoothly ferried their school going-children but some people may face problems. I urge parents, specially women, to help one another and drop other children to their homes,” he said.
The Transport Minister also said that car-pooling and strengthening public transport system will help in “smooth” implementation of the scheme and sorting out the problem of ferrying school children.
He, however, said that without strengthening the public transport system, it was not possible to cover all people under the programme.
“Unless we strengthen public transport system, we cannot cover all the people and vehicles, including two-wheelers under odd-even scheme,” he said.