In the wake of extending social welfare towards the physically challenged and specially-abled people, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will soon launch zero-cost bus travel services. The social welfare department of the civic body will launch ‘Aapli Bus’ service as per the proposal put forth. The proposal will now be presented to the transportation committee on February 4.
While speaking to TOI, the officials at the transportation department revealed about being informed about this state government scheme by Ranjana Lade, their deputy municipal commissioner (social welfare department). They added that the news was broken to them around October, 2018.
Currently, the handicapped passengers who travel by the red bus in the city are given a concession of 75% for their ticket and 50% for their companions’. Rajkumar Badole, the social justice minister, initially pitched for the free travel service for handicapped persons only. Eventually, Lade decides that the same facility should be applicable for the companion as well.
The tickets’ amount will be supported by the funds allocated for the purpose from the social welfare fund. The money will be deposited with the bus operators on the basis of the data which will be provided by DIMTS.
Students of the municipality schools and HIV positive patients will also be able to avail the free travel under the ‘Aapli Bus’ services. “We are already offering 66.66 % concession to students of other schools on routes where city buses are plying and 50% discount to elderly citizens,” the officer said.
Information source: timesofindia
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