Bhubaneswar: The state government has announced fare structure for buses rolled out under the Location Accessible Multi-modal Initiative (LAccMI) in Odisha.
The Commerce and Transport department has issued an order in this regard to the State Transport Authority and Regional Transport Authorities in Odisha.
“The fares of buses operating under the LAccMI scheme shall be fixed as specified in a schedule issued by the Trasport department,” read the order.
As per the schedule, the buses (Non AC) rolled out to boost block connectivity under LAccMI will charge fares ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 30 depending upon travel distance within 80 km.
Similarly, buses (AC) rolled out to boost district connectivity under LAccMI will charge fares ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 80 for travel distance up to 80 km.
However, the Transport department has announced concession in fares for women, students and physically disabled passengers of buses plying under LAccMI scheme.
The women, students and physically disabled passengers would be charged a flat fare of Rs 5 for block connectivity bus services and Rs 10 for district connectivity bus services irrespective of the distance travelled by them.
The concession in bus fare for students shall be applicable in both block connectivity and district connectivity bus services under LAccMI scheme on production of valid school/college ID cards or authenticated proof from competent authority.
Notably, the state government had announced LAccMI in this year’s Budget to provide bus services from panchayats to block headquarters, block headquarters to district headquarters and district headquarters to capital city.
The government had planned to operate 1,000 buses under the scheme with budgetary allocation of Rs 3,178 crore.
In the first phase, the scheme was launched in six southern districts—Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Kalahandi and Gajapati—to provide bus services in rural areas.