Cen­tral govt’s new scheme hits PMC’s bus ser­vice plans

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Cen­tre’s de­ci­sion to dis­con­tinue the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Na­tional Ur­ban Re­newal Mis­sion ( JNNURM) scheme has hit the Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil’s (PMC) plans to start its bus ser­vice.

The PMC, un­der the JNNURM scheme, was to get Rs54 crore to start the bus ser­vice, but un­der the Atal Mis­sion for Re­ju­ve­na­tion and Ur­ban Trans­for­ma­tion (Am­rut) Yo­jana, it will get only Rs27 crore.

A PMC of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity said, “The PMC was to get Rs54 crore in March 2015 and ef­forts were on in that di­rec­tion. The Cen­tre, how­ever, an­nounced it was re­plac­ing JNNURM with Am­rut Yo­jana.”

The of­fi­cial said, “It has been learnt that only Rs27 crore will now be given in­stead of Rs54 crore. The PMC now faces a her­culean task of get­ting the re­main­ing Rs27 crore and other funds to en­sure the project ma­te­ri­alises.”

“The Rs54 crore were to be spent on con­struct­ing a bus de­pot and pur­chas­ing mini, midi and stan­dard buses for the ser­vice. The PMC was also go­ing to con­trib­ute to­wards the cost,” said the of­fi­cial, adding, “The PMC had ap­pointed Delhi-based UMTC as a con­sul­tant. There­after, the gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre changed.”

THE PMC, UN­DER THE JNNURM SCHEME, WAS TO GET ` 54 CR TO START THE BUS SER­VICE, BUT UN­DER THE AM­RUT YO­JANA, IT WILL GET ONLY ` 27 CR

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