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