Politicians in India have been successfully grabbing the limelight in recent times. No, not for their brilliance in serving the nation, but for the hilarious statements they have made very frequently. From claiming that the internet existed during the Mahabharata to stating that Sita was a test-tube baby, we have got some really bizarre facts thrown at us.
And as we speak, we are here with another one.
The Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has taken the media by storm with his latest release of words. According to Times Now, in a weird statement, the 55-year old mentioned that air travel is cheaper than travelling in an auto-rickshaw! ANI quoted him,
“Today airfare is less than that of an auto-rickshaw. You’ll ask how is that possible? When two people take an auto-rickshaw they pay fare of Rs 10 which means they’re charged Rs 5/km but when you go by air you are charged Rs 4/km.”
While the claim might sound hilarious at first, but Sinha did a good job following it up with a complete explanation.
Sinha also said that the government wants to increase the number of people who use air travel by five times to 100 crores in the coming years. Adding to it, he mentioned that the number of people choosing flights as a mode of transportation is 11 crores at the moment but will go up to 20 crores by the end of the current fiscal year.