Both the BJP and the Congress attacked the AAP government over the odd-even road rationing scheme Friday, claiming residents of Delhi will face several problems due to the lack of adequate public transport.
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said parents who have to take their children to school Saturday morning were worried about the scheme. While vehicles carrying schoolchildren are exempt from the scheme, there is no provision to exempt these cars when they are on their way back after dropping the child.
Schools in the capital were shut Friday on the occasion of Ram Navami.
Upadhyay accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of “not giving any relief to parents who have to drop and pick up their children from schools every day”.
The party also claimed that many devotees, who wanted to visit temples on Ram Navami, had faced problems.
“The government has been saying that the people of Delhi are wilfully supporting the odd-even scheme, but that’s not true and the government knows it. The need to reimpose the Rs 2,000 fine and the thousands of civil defence volunteers and police personnel deployed on the streets speak volumes about the so-called cooperation of the people,” said Upadhyay.
Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken also attacked the AAP government, accusing it of being “criminally negligent”.
“Despite the AAP being in power for nearly one-and-a-half years, public transport in the capital is yet to be improved… the number of private vehicles has only gone up in the capital. The very aim of reducing pollution levels will be defeated if the number of two-wheelers on the roads is not brought down. In the absence of an efficient public transport system, the number of two-wheeler vehicles has gone up,” said Maken.
He said the strength of the Delhi Transport Corporation’s (DTC) fleet had come down, adding, “The DTC fleet strength, which was 5,445 in 2012-13, when Congress was in power, was reduced to 4,421 in January 2016 under the AAP government. This government has done nothing to make up for the shortage of 1,000 buses in the fleet and even the existing fleet is not being utilised properly.”
However, Transport Minister Gopal Rai dismissed the allegations levelled by the opposition parties, saying, “Some people have a negative mindset… no one can help them. We are doing good work and people know that.”