Govt okays purchase of 15,260 buses under JNNURM
Orders for buying 11185 buses have been placed by various States under the one time economic measure of funding of buses by the Ministry of Urban Development to boost their urban transport under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The government has sanctioned purchase of 15,260 buses for the various mission cities under JNNURM.
Maharashtra has placed purchase orders for 2230 buses, followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu with orders for 1600 buses each. The lot would consist of AC low-floor, non-AC low-floor, semi low-floor buses and mini buses. Andhra Pradesh has placed order for 1540 buses for four cities of Hyderabad, Tirupati, Vijayawada and Vishakhapatnam.
Uttar Pradesh has ordered for purchase of 1350 buses and Uttrakhand for 145 buses. West Bengal has finalised purchase orders for 1300 buses and Kerala for 320 buses so far under the scheme. Madhya Pradesh has placed purchase orders for 175 buses, Chhatisgarh for 100 buses, Jharkhand for 240 buses, Rajasthan has ordered for 400 buses and Manipur for 25 buses so far.
Under the second stimulus package announced by the Government on January 2, 2009, it had been decided that States would be provided assistance under the JNNURM for the purchase of buses in the form of grant.
The financing is meant exclusively for city bus service and Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) for all mission cities. The funding of buses under JNNURM will give a boost to automobile industry. The funding is shared by the Centre, States and the Municipal Bodies. The size of the Central allocation depends on the population density of the recipient mission cities.