Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari speaks of tough measure in apparent jest at an event in Delhi.
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday declared — seemingly in jest — that he plans to “bring in a new law” by which Rs 500 will be given as reward to anyone who clicks and shares pictures of wrongly parked vehicles.
He made the comment after laying out the context that wrong parking is “a huge menace” because the number of cars is going up in urban India. “There are sometimes cars for each member of a family. But no one is building parking spaces. In Delhi, for instance, wide roads are being treated as parking spaces,” said Mr Gadkari.
He claimed that his house in Nagpur has parking space for 12 cars and he does not park on the road at all.
He shared a video of his address to the summit on his YouTube account.
He said public transport using electric vehicles is “essential” for India. “Even sanitation workers have cars in the US… Soon it seems India will also have that situation. Everyone is buying cars,” he added.
Car sales in India have seen a spike recently after steep fall in numbers due to the Covid pandemic. Passenger vehicle dispatches to dealers in India rose over two-fold in May 2022, compared to the low numbers in the Covid-hit May of 2021.