The 2013-14 General Budget today laid emphasis on buses as a means of transport especially in the hilly regions of the country.
In his budget speech in Lok Sabha,Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is being continued in the 12th plan.The 14,000 buses sanctioned during 2009 to 2012 have
made a big contribution to urban transport,he said.
The Finance Minister announced a sum of Rs 14,873 crore for JNNURM,as against Rs 7,383 crore in the previous Budget. Out of this amount,a significant portion will be used to support the purchase of up to 10,000 buses,especially by the hill states,Chidambaram said.