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Centre sanctions 400 buses to Kerala under JNNURM

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New Delhi: The Urban Development ministry has sanctioned 400buses for Kerala under its flagship Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme.

The decision was taken at a meeting in Delhi Wednesday of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) constituted for the purpose. The meeting, all together, sanctioned over 2,000 buses for states under the scheme.

Officials said the ministry plans to allocate 10,000 buses to different states under JNNURM.

"The number of buses sanctioned for Jaipur (Rajasthan), Naya Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Puducherry , Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra stood at 286, 50, 50, 73, 400 and 910, respectively," said a release issued by the ministry.

The statement added that UD Secretary Sudhir Krishna, while chairing the meeting, stressed on the need to operate the buses in a sustainable environment and said that the current round of funding also included extension of grants for creation of support infrastructure like bus depots.

He also added that the Ministry was trying to replicate the metro experience on buses and, to that extent, was looking to improve the image of Public Transport by bus.

The JNNURM buses will have state-of-the art facilities like intelligent transport systems, including features like LED display for stops, CCTV cameras, GPRS and passenger information, vehicle tracking and automatic fare collection systems, the Ministry said.

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