MP bags South Asia’s E-governance Manthan Awards:
Madhya Pradesh has won South Asia’s prestigious E-governance Manthan
Award - 2009 for effective public service deliveries through
innovative IT applications.
According to an official Press release the Manthan Award for......
The Madhya Pradesh's new Transport Policy was endorsed by the state
Cabinet in a meeting presided over by the state Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Monday.
Under the policy, District Transport Authorities will be established
on the lines of State Transport Authority and Regional Transport
Authority. The committee headed by the district collector will issue
permits and determine routes in the district, said an official Press
The District Transport Authority will issue permits as per local
requirements after scrutinising the applications for bus permit. The
permits for inter-district and inter-division routes will be issued
by the State Transport Authority. The arrangements at State and
Regional Transport Authorities will be fully computerised. The age
limit of passenger buses will be incorporated in the permit terms
and conditions. This age limit will be ten years for inter-state
routes and 15 years for intra-state routes. Bus fares will be
determined annually on regular basis which will help not only in
protection of passengers' rights but also in smooth conduct of
transport services on professional basis. The transport sources on
various routes will be identified and large buses will be promoted
for long routes.
Under the new Transport Policy, public transport sources will be
promoted and arrangement of buses will be made for all the regions
especially. Effective control will be exercised on goods transport
also. Constant development and construction of national and state
highways and district routes will undertaken which will ensure
transport in every region. Top priority will be given to measures to
increase safety of life and property of passengers and preventing
Under the policy, the Open Permit System will continue for running
buses inside the state with necessary controls. A healthy
competition will be promoted among the bus operators and quality of
transport sources being used by private operators will be ensured.
With a view to preventing monopoly of any person, institution and
company, more than 50 percent permits will not issued to a single
party or his relatives.
Besides, the new policy incorporates the provisions of complete
winding up of Road Transport Corporation. The process of terminating
services of the rest of the employees of the corporation will be
ensured while considering the interests of all those concerned.
Proper alternative arrangements will also be made before abolishing
inter-state bus routes.
In the urban areas, every possible efforts will be undertaken to
implement Bus Rapid Transport System in big cities. CNG and
LPG-based transport will be determined in the metro cities with a
view to lessening pollution.
The policy incorporates provisions of lessening road accidents also.
The process of issuing driving licences will be tightened up and
Licence Board will be abolished. Fitness checking system will be
streamlined and made effective. Trauma centres will be set up on
state routes. Services for taking accident victims to the trauma
centres will be ensured with the cooperation of 108 ambulance
Provisions have also been made in the new Transport Policy for
development of transport infrastructure, strengthening revenue
collection and taxation system, introducing modern techniques and
providing alternative transport arrangements.