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Govt to phase out polluting vehicles
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 13 (NPN):
Published on 14 Aug. 2010 12:20 AM IST
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Nagaland government is seriously contemplating to phase out all commercial vehicles which emit thick smoke and contribute to air pollution.
“We will phase out all those vehicles, particularly city buses which emit thick smokes and contribute to air pollution,” said state minister for urban development Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu, while talking exclusively to Nagaland Post.
Dr Shurhozelie also revealed that Kohima Municipal Council had received 25 buses from the union ministry of Urban Development under JNNRUM urban Road and Transport scheme which was delivered to the department by the company.
He, however, said the same would not start operation until the formality of constituting the unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) to regulate the city buses as per the guideline from the ministry.
The buses would be operated by the KMC.
“We will reach out to all the locality areas which are not covered by the private buses presently with the introduction of the new bus services,” tne minister said.
Presently, the private city buses are plying only in the main town forcing the citizen to own vehicle to reach their home in the locality area or hire taxis which is not only adding to the traffic congestion but also adding to the cost of living in the state capital, he said.
The ministry of urban development launched Urban Transport scheme in 2008-09 for purchase of buses for the 63 selected under JNNURM in the country including Kohima.
Under the same scheme, KMC has been allotted for purchase of 25 buses. As per the guideline issued by the ministry, a regulatory authority in the form of Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) is required to be set up in each city. The buses will be operated by the KMC whereas the policy matters shall be regulated by the authority.
On the other hand, Dr Shurhozelie also revealed that state government had initiated steps to ease traffic congestion in the state capital by constructing multi storied parking lot at the site of the old Health & Family Welfare directorate below PHQ through central funding.
However, unfortunately, it was learnt that as soon as the old building was demolished and the work for construction started, some people had started obstructing the work by claiming themselves as land owner to the extent of threatening the contractor.
Meanwhile, the minister said state government might soon come out with certain policy, making all basement of every new government building as parking lot with a vision to ease congestion in the future.
The Union Government is planning to extend the JNNURM to some more cities in the country. It was proposed to include the following 28 cities/urban agglomerations with population of 5 lakh and above under the Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG) component of JNNURM.

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