At least 1,000 new buses would be provided to Himachal Pradesh under the Center’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme, to strengthen the communication and transport facilities between its local and urban areas.
“1,000 buses would be provided under JNNURM scheme by the Center to promote public transport and to reduce traffic congestion and pollution,” state Urban Development minister Sudhir Sharma told.
“The Union government is spending more than Rs. 4,900 crore to provide 14,695 buses for the various mission cities under JNNURM. The buses supplied to the cities and hill states are of mid-size category for an easier travel,” he disclosed.
Mr. Sharma also added, “Once the buses are handed over to Himachal it will cater to the local communication needs of the municipal areas. And these buses will not be given to Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC)”.
The Union government had provided few buses to Shimla a couple of years back but they were handed over to HRTC, the minister said.