Under the second stimulus announced in January earlier this year,states have placed orders for around 10,380 buses,in an effort to give a boost to urban transport,the urban development ministry said.
Apart from the 10,380 buses,orders for 3,000 buses are expected to be placed over the next few weeks. The Centre had earlier sanctioned the acquisition of 15,260 buses for 61 cities covered under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission at an estimated cost of Rs 4,735 crore,which was a one-time grant. Under the scheme,the Centre will provide Rs 2,090 crore while the rest has to be pooled in by the states.
In a review meeting on funding for purchase of buses for urban transport system,chaired by urban development ministry secretary M Ramachandran on Thursday,the states have been asked to fast-track the orders for buses and initiate steps for procuring the same at the earliest.
So far,Maharashtra has placed orders for 2,119 buses,Andhra Pradesh for 1,500 buses,Karnataka for 1,150,Kerala for 2,010,Tamil Nadu for 1,500 buses,UP for 1,410 buses. West Bengal,Haryana Tripura have ordered for 1300,150 and 75 buses respectively. In In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka the process of delivery of buses has already started,said Ramachandran.