30 more buses to ply under Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to further extend rural connectivity in backward tribal districts and Maoist affected areas of Odisha, The state government has decided to ply 30 more buses under the Biju Gaon Gadi Yojana (BGGY) in the second phase.

Informing this to the media on Tuesday, former Director General of Police (DGP) and chairman and managing director (CMD) of Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) Sanjib Marik said the state government has sanctioned Rs 21 crore for these 30 new buses, which will ply in 28 routes in Sundergarh, Deogarh, Gajapati and Nuapada districts.

“The chief minister will flag off the new buses on December 31,” the DGP added.

Under the scheme, an operator running buses on these routes will get benefits of exemption of road tax and permit fee from the state government for a maximum period of 5 years from the date of issuance of the first permit under the scheme.

The beneficiary can also avail loan for purchasing vehicle from Bank/Financial Institutions with loan repayment period of more than 5 years. But the benefits under the scheme can be availed for a maximum period of 5 years, OSRTC sources said.