Faced with embarrassment over MPs violating Odd-Even scheme for cars, the Lok Sabha secretariat on Tuesday decided to arrange additional vehicles to ferry parliamentarians from their residences to the Parliament.
This after some MPs criticised the car rationing scheme to ease air pollution saying it was hampering their work and attendence in the House and its committees.
PTI reported that Lok Sabha Secretariat was pressing additional vehicles to ensure “smooth and hassle” free transport facilities to the MPs.
“Lok Sabha Secretariat has engaged additional vehicles in the morning of April 26, 2016 for ferrying MPs from their residences to the Parliament.
“Lok Sabha Secretariat is pressing additional vehicles so as to ensure smooth and hassle free transport facilities to Members of Parliament,” the news agency quoted an official statement said.
According to the statement, extra vehicles to transport security personnel too have been put in service for ferrying MPs from their residences in New Delhi to Parliament House.
Some MPs had criticised the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s pet odd-even scheme alleging that it would “generate corruption” and was aimed at “insulting” MPs as they sought exemption from the scheme to attend Parliament.
The statement said that the eighth Session of 16th Lok Sabha commenced from 25 April and is scheduled to go on till 13 May, 2016.
During the session period, transport desk, which manages transport requirement of MPs have been receiving approximately 450 to 550 messages daily from MPs for picking and dropping them from their residences to Parliament House.
On account of odd-even formula, only 12 vehicles remained in operation for providing transport facilities.
The statement said, “DTC made available six low floor AC buses to the Lok Sabha Secretariat for extending transport services to MPs.
“The DTC buses, however, could not gain entry in the Parliament Complex on account of the security gadgets installed at various places in Parliament House Estate and could not provide transport facilities to Members. The buses were, accordingly released and returned to DTC authorities.”