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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Road Transport & High Ways
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 95 TO BE ANSWERED ON 25.04.2016 Public transport expansion in Bengaluru
95. Shri Rajeev ChandrasekharWill the Minister of ROAD TRANSPORT & HIGH WAYS be pleased to state:-(a) whether the Central Government is supporting public transport expansion in Bengaluru;(b) if so, the details thereof;(c) whether any assistance has been provided to Karnataka Government under Central assistance for strengthening Public Transport System scheme in the country;(d) if so, the details thereof;(e) the details and status of implementation of the National Level Vehicle Security and Tracking System (NLVSTS) in Bengaluru; and(f) which other cities in Karnataka have been included in the NLVSTS programme?
Answer THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS (SHRI PON. RADHAKRISHNAN)(a) and (b) Ministry of Urban Development(MoUD) has sanctioned financial assistance for procurement of buses to the city of Bengaluru under Bus funding Scheme sanctioned under JnNURM in two phases in the following manners:(i) During 2008-09, MoUD provided financial assistance for procurement of 1000 buses with project cost of Rs.303.07 Cr. 100% Addition Central Assistance(ACA) i.e. Rs. 106.07 Cr. (35% of the total project cost) has been released and all the buses has been procured. The project stands completed.(ii) During transition phase of erstwhile JnNURM scheme, financial assistance has been provided for procurement of 500 buses with project cost of Rs. 213.54. Out of the total ACA of Rs. 74.73 Cr, an amount of Rs. 32.03 Cr. has been released.Government of India has also sanctioned Metro Rail Project of 42.3 Km with 40 Stations to Bangalore city under 1st phase with estimated cost of Rs. 13845 Cr. Considering the need for expanding MRTS in Bangalore, Government of India further sanctioned Bangalore Metro Phase-2, consisting of 4 extensions to the existing lines & 2 new lines with a total length of 72.095 km and 61 stations at an estimated cost of Rs. 26,405.14 crore. Both the above projects get aid partial Government of India financial contribution. Till date, equity of Rs.2336.86 crore, subordinate debt of Rs.1391.94 crore and pass through assistance of Rs.3918.55 crore have been released.(c) and (d) Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has sanctioned financial assistance to Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) and North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) under the scheme of ‘Central assistance for strengthening Public Transport System’. This Ministry has provided assistance of Rs. 5.155 crore, Rs. 2.56 crore and Rs. 4.13865 crore to KSRTC, NEKRTC and NWKRTC respectively.(e) and (f) The Government of India has undertaken a project “Security for Women in public road transport in the country”. The objective of the scheme is to ensure safety of women and girl child in public transport by monitoring location of public road transport vehicles to provide immediate assistance in minimum response time to the victims in distress.The proposed scheme under the “Nirbhaya Fund” envisages setting up of a National Emergency Response System with a control room under the overall control of Ministry of Home Affairs, which will receive alerts from distressed women and take action on it.