Nitin Gadkari, Union Transport and Highways Minister, said on Thursday that he is considering enacting legislation that will compensate people who provide photos of incorrectly parked vehicles. Gadkari stated at the launch of the 'Industrial Decarbonization Summit 2022 (IDS-2022)' in Delhi that such laws will help to reduce the parking problem.
"I intend to introduce legislation that would reward everyone who sends photos of an incorrectly parked car with Rs 500 if the perpetrator is penalized Rs 1,000. This would help in fixing the parking problem," he added in a lighthearted tone during the occasion in Hindi.
It has not been established whether the minister's assertion is backed up by legislation.
The Union minister also expressed sorrow that individuals do not create parking spots for their automobiles and instead park them on the street.
According to Gadkari, owning a car has almost become a need these days. He further mentioned that his chef at his Nagpur property has two used automobiles.
"We used to be surprised when we saw maids and cooks driving to work in America. But the scenario in India is now the same," the minister remarked, as the crowd chuckled.
Gadkari went on to say that a household of four now has six automobiles. When asked about the situation in Delhi, the Union minister stated that "we have provided roadways for them to park their automobiles."
Nobody builds parking places; most people park on the street, he continued.
Gadkari is known for his forthright opinions. Anil Firojiya of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain district recently alleged that the Union minister pledged to give 1,000 crore for development projects in the region for every kilogram of weight the former lost. The union minister promised me on stage that for every pound I lose, I will receive Rs 1000 crore for development work in Ujjain, the first-time MP was reported by news agency ANI as saying.
Firojiya went on to say that he had already reduced 15 kgs and would "lower it further" before requesting that Gadkari provide the "promised cash." If Firojiya meets the target, he can request Rs 15,000 crore in funding.
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