Centre sanctions 2,000 buses for Bangalore under JnNURM

Centre sanctions 2,000 buses for Bangalore under JnNURM

Hailing Karnataka’s efforts in providing better public transport system, the Centre on Wednesday sanctioned 2,104 buses to the State under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM).

A high-level committee headed by Sudhir Krishna, secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, sanctioned the buses to Karnataka, to be deployed in Bangalore.

“As Karnataka had sent advance proposal seeking additional buses from the Centre under its flagship programme, the State got maximum number of buses this year,” sources in the Ministry told Deccan Herald.

Under the JnNURM, the Centre will also extend financial assistance to the State to build bus depots, workshops and control centres. The Ministry appreciated the efforts made by Karnataka in introducing efficiency in public transport sector especially with respect to buses and, also asked other states to try and emulate the high standards set by the southern state.

As per the proposal submitted by Karnataka to the Centre, the State plans to introduce AC, non-AC and 32-seater mini buses covering more bus points in Bangalore with better facilities for passengers. Besides, the State said it will introduce facilities such as LED displays in buses, security and bus tracking systems to ensure safe and comfortable transport system.

10,000 buses

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently approved sanctioning of 10,000 buses under the flagship programme to various states.

As many as 22 cities in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are likely to benefit most as the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved funding of 10,000 buses under JnNURM.

The funding for procurement of buses in cities and towns across India was approved on Tuesday and the total approximate project cost is Rs 6,300 crore and the total estimated additional Central assistance is Rs 4,450 crore. Karnataka had sent advance proposal seeking financial assistance to procure 2,000 buses for Bangalore.

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