Bhubaneshwar: To establish connectivity between gram panchayats and capital city, the Odisha government has approved a new public transport network programme.
The Scheme titled ‘Location Accessible Multi-modal Initiative’ (LAccMI) has been approved by the State Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The scheme aims to establish a seamless public transport network across the State from GP level to the State Capital.
‘The project cost is estimated to be approximately Rs.3,178 crore in the first three years of bus operation from 2023-24 to 2025-26. Buses will connect all gram panchayats, block headquarters, district headquarters, major cities, and economic hubs across the state,’ said the State government in a statement.
‘The LAccMI Scheme would be implemented in a phased manner. About 1000 buses would be deployed under the scheme. The tenure of the scheme would be 10 years extendable by 2 years,’ it said.
According to the Cabinet decision, within the framework of the LAccMI scheme, women’s empowerment would be given top priority.
The statement further read, ‘Due to the safe transport space, women will be encouraged to participate actively in the workforce. Mission Shakti Self Help Groups (SHGs) will be engaged in various operation and maintenance-related activities within the blocks.’
This scheme will facilitate:
- Efficient transport of agricultural commodities from production sites to destinations
- This would encompass the timely transportation of various agricultural and perishable products from producers to nearby marketplaces, Mandis, and similar commercial hubs.