Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

At a time when several passengers across Odisha have been expressing their resentment over the poor implementation of the Location Accessible Multi-modal Initiative (LAccMI scheme), Transport, Mines and Steel Minister Bibhuti Bhusan Jena informed on Saturday that the scheme will be renamed as ‘Mukhyamantri Bus Seva’ soon.

The Minister said that discussion in this regard has already been made and the service will be implemented in the State soon. He further said that no party symbol would be used in the service. 

“You will not find any party symbols in all our schemes. All the schemes will be meant for the welfare of people. We give strong assurance to the people to provide bus service. After analysing the LAccMI scheme, we have decided not to use any party symbol and rename it as ‘Mukhyamantri Bus Seva’. Discussion in this regard has already been made and the scheme will be implemented soon,” said Jena.

“Most importantly, buses will run from every block of the State on the occasion of Lord Jagannath’s Rath Yatra,” he added.

Though the outgoing BJD government initiated the LAccMI scheme aimed at establishing a seamless public transport network from panchayats to the State capital, it completely failed to serve its purpose. 

With many LAccMI buses worth crores gathering dust and getting damaged at various places across the State due to a lack of proper maintenance, questions were being raised over the continuity of the scheme.

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