The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to set up an inter-city transport authority to better manage and equip the city transport system with ultra modern facilities.
The demand for a modern facility was long being felt after the MP State Road Transport Authority was closed down on January 3, 2005 following huge losses, which now stand at Rs 756 crore.
The new body will be called Madhya Pradesh Inter-city Transport Authority (MPITA). The decision to this effect was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday.
According to an initial plan, the authority will be tasked with developing and maintaining the public transport infrastructure, including bus stands and other facilities which were developed by the extinct state roadways transport corporation.
Government spokesperson Narottam Mishra said the authority would decide the city bus routes, start buses between cities and later expand its activities to running, managing and monitoring an inter-state bus service.
The main aim of the service would be to make public transport for common people on all city routes easy and affordable. As of now, he said, the cabinet has sanctioned a 17-post vertical, from an IAS officer at the top to Class 4 employees at the bottom.
The total project cost, its deadline and the working model would be decided after due deliberations with experts.
In other decisions, the cabinet sanctioned revision of financial limits for purchase and restructuring of urban administration department.
The cabinet has plans to restructure directorate of urban administration and development department. In the new set-up, divisional offices would be upgraded as offices of the joint directors. The IAS officers would be posted as commissioners and mission directors. Besides, there will be three posts for additional directors, 16 joint directors, 11 deputy directors, 22 assistant directors and 323 others.
The cabinet has also given its nod to continuing contractual posts of 51 district managers and 51 office assistants for delivery of services under Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act for five years or project period expiry, whichever is earlier.
The cabinet has approved 20% fee for transfer of land allotted to units under Audyogik Kendra Nigams from April 1, 1999 to July 1, 2009.