The central government is planning to launch a new scheme to provide commercial pessanger vehicles in rural areas at subsidized rates. To be named as “Pradhan Mantri Gram Parivahan Yojana“, the scheme has been proposed to create a better transport systems in the rural areas across the country.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Parivahan Yojana (PMGPY), the central government will provide commercial PV’s to defence personnel and women self-help groups. The scheme will supplement the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana which was launched to improve road conditions in the villages.
The development of roads in villages has been done at a decent pace under the PM Gramin Sadak Yojana but the public transport is missing from these roads. Within the last fiscal year, 36,000 KM of new roads have been constructed by the rural development ministry. The target for the current 2016-17 financial years is 48,000 KM. The current rate of construction of roads is 80 KM per day which is planned to be increased to 133 KM/day.
Pradhan Mantri Gram Parivahan Yojana aims to improve the public transport system in rural area. Under the scheme, the government is considering to provide 10-12 seater passenger vehicles at subsidised rates to retired defence personnel and women self-help groups for running on these roads.
A survey has already been conducted by the government in rural areas of Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh and what has come out is that providing 10 or 12-seater commercial passenger vehicles at subsidised rates in rural areas will be highly beneficial.