Government plans Rs 70,000 crore Green Urban Mobility Scheme in 103 cities

Minister of State for Urban Development Rao Inderjit Singh told Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

Published: 16th March 2017 10:15 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2017 10:15 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The government is working on a Green Urban Mobility Scheme for transportation in 103 cities that would promote use of hybrid/electric vehicles and non-fossil fuels among others for public transport.

Minister of State for Urban Development Rao Inderjit Singh told Rajya Sabha on Thursday, “The proposal will be finalised after taking views from the concerned stakeholders. It will be implemented after the Cabinet approval."

Highlighting the key features of the proposed scheme during Question Hour, Singh said it would be implemented initially in 103 cities having more than five lakh population and the scheme will be implemented in seven years mission mode. Later, other cities will also be covered depending upon the success.  About Rs 70,000 crore funds would be required to implement the scheme, he said.      

"It is proposed that 10 per cent will be given by urban local bodies, 30 per cent each by the Centre and states and the rest would be raised as loan from multi-lateral agencies," he said.      

The proposed scheme entails setting up of pedestrian pathways, cycling tracks, public bike sharing, bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, intelligent transport system, urban freight management and innovating financing for transport systems and progressively shift to usages of  hybrid/electric and non-fossil fuels for public transport, the Minister added.

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