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KMC to receive 25 new city buses
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jul. 2010 12:46 AM IST
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Kohima Municipal Council along with 62 cities across the country has been selected by the ministry of urban development government of India for allotment of a fleet of 25 buses under Urban Transport Scheme.
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 purchasing 25 buses, urban development minister Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu stated this in a written reply to a question raised by opposition MLA Joshua Sumi.
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, he stated.
Dr Shurhozelie stated that the introduction of the buses would alleviate the existing deficiency in the urban transport system. The city buses in Kohima are presently operating only along the main routes leaving out most of the residential areas due to which many individuals have no option but to invest for private vehicles, he said. The minister also stated that the reason for very high ownership of private vehicles in the state was due to the inefficient public transport system unlike in other cities across the country.
Further, he stated that in order to address the traffic congestion in Kohima, the department has constructed/proposed various by passes in and around Kohima to divert regional traffic from entering Kohima. Some of these roads were already under construction and some are under survey, he added.

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