Handicapped persons also included in Radio Maxi Cab Transport Scheme
With the NMC’s Standing Committee sanctioning the proposal, the roads in the Second Capital City of Nagpur would witness running of Maxi Cabs on the lines of any other Metro City in the country. Now, the proposal on Radio Maxi Cab Transport Scheme with public participation will go to the tables of the NMC’s General Body Meeting for final sanction, said a delighted Standing Committee Chairman Avinash Thakre. It was the brain of Avinash Thakre to run Maxi Cabs on the city roads and facilitate transport services to the citizens even in the dead of nights and also provide job opportunities to youths of Nagpur.
The first stage will see 200 taxis running on the Orange City roads. Various Financial Corporations have pledged to provide 20 per cent grants, nationalized banks 75 per cent and the NMC itself will provide remaining 5 per cent amount for the venture which stands at approximately Rs 89 lakh. The amount includes financial assistance to cab pilots.
“The Maxi Cab Scheme will be implemented by the Parivahan Samiti (Transport Committee) of the NMC. Similarly, there was a demand to extend the benefits of the Scheme to handicapped persons and also to the families of handicapped persons. Now, Maharashtra State Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation has also shown its readiness to make 95 per cent grants available for the purpose. The Mayor Anil Sole has received a letter, too, in this connection. Therefore, the benefits of the Scheme would also be extended to the handicapped persons and thus subsequently increasing the number of cabs,” the Standing Committee Chairman Avinash Thakre said.
SURVEY OF HANDICAPPED PERSONS:
Avinash Thakre further elaborated, “No Government agency or any other agency knows the exact number of handicapped persons in city. According to oral figure, the number of handicapped persons has been approximately put at 10 per cent. But no scheme runs on the approximate figures. Therefore, a survey will be carried out to figure out the exact number of handicapped persons, not only for the cab scheme but also extend benefits for the future schemes. Five companies have come forward to carry out the survey. The Standing Committee has sanctioned the proposal in this connection,” Thakre said.
The Maharashtra State Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation has also shown its readiness to make 95 per cent grants available for the purpose. The number of cabs would be increased by 50 in addition to the 200 Maxi Cabs in the first stage, Thakre said.