Bhubaneswar, Oct. 9: The state government will develop five urban transport clusters to revamp its transport sector.
The clusters are Cuttack-Choudwar, Rourkela, Balasore-Bhadrak, Balangir and Jeypore-Koraput-Sunabeda region.
The proposal has got the nod of the state-level steering committee, chaired by chief minister Naveen Patnaik today. Besides , the Centre has also agreed to extend funds for development of roads under the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana.
The state government will develop the set-up in these five urban regions and purchase 309 new buses for Rs 157.41 crore.
The state government will also develop bus terminals. “A special purpose vehicle will be developed. An Automatic Fare Revision Formula will be followed to regulate fare structure on the routes,” said an official.
Housing and urban development minister Debi Prasad Mishra said that according to the plan, 100 buses would ply in Cuttack-Choudwar on 10 routes, 80 buses on nine routes of Rourkela-Rajagangpur-Biramitrapur, 54 buses on 10 routes in Balasore-Bhadrak, 40 buses on seven routes in Jaypore-Sunabeda-Joraput and 35 buses on the Balangir-Patnagarh routes.
“The plan to develop the Bhubaneswar-Region Transport Corridor has also got the nod of the state-level steering committee,” said an official.
Two corridors on Janpath from Vani Vihar to Sishu Bhavan Square and on Vidyut Marg from Jaydev Vihar Square to Nandankanan will be developed in the first phase. Vidyut Marg and Janpath will be expanded into eight lanes. According to the plan, the central two lanes would be dedicated to develop the rapid transit system in which the buses would move fast.
The state government is also planning to develop a mass rapid transit system between Bhubaneswar and Cuttack through Nandankanan-Trisulia road.
The Centre has approved the 881 road projects covering 2,982km for Rs 1,493 crore under the yojana. Union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh said all formalities for formal sanction would be completed in the next 30 days. “During 2013-14, we have already sanctioned 1,184km costing Rs 1,067 crore. The state can come with further proposals for sanction by December 2013,” said Ramesh.