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Odisha to launch over Rs 3,000-cr scheme for public, commodity transport

Schemes & Policies17 Sep 2023| A-AA+

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  • The Odisha government has approved a proposal to launch a scheme with an estimated cost of over Rs 3,000 crore to ensure sustainable, affordable and safe transportation of passengers and commodities across the state.
Location Accessible Multi-modal Initiative (LAccMI)’ scheme
  • A key focus of the LAccMI scheme is women’s empowerment through the provision of safe transport options, encouraging greater participation in the workforce.
  • LAccMI was one of the 20 new initiatives with a cumulative outlay of Rs 7,202 crore announced by the state government in the 2023-24 budget. A provision of Rs 100 crore was made for the initiative.
  • The scheme aims to facilitate efficient transportation of agricultural commodities from production sites to marketplaces, Mandis, and commercial hubs. This will ensure timely and cost-effective transport of various agricultural and perishable products.
  • The scheme has undertaken bus network planning in a hierarchical manner.
  • It includes the ‘Jagannath Express’ connecting District Headquarters to Bhubaneswar or Puri via Bhubaneswar and ‘LAccMI’ Express providing connectivity between District HQs and major cities.
  • The network will connect Gram Panchayats, Block Headquarters, District Headquarters, major cities, and economic hubs across the state. The implementation will occur in phases.
Source- ANI