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Maha govt to scrap decision on commercial use of Roadways land

Transport minister Diwakar Raote said the buses operated by MSRTC are the lifeline of rural Maharashtra. The MSRTC has bus stands and depots in each taluka and district, he said. 

The previous Congress-NCP government had decided to implement a commercial complex project with an objective of commercialising usage of land which is under MSRTC's custody, modernisation of ST bus depots, better food and beverage facilities for commuters and raising earnings from buses.  The project was being developed on build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis to facilitate commuters to shop and eat near the bus stops.

The developer, which was to be given land on rental basis for 30 years, was to ensure complete makeover of the present bus stands.  Raote, however, said that not an inch of the MSRTC land would be sold.

The MSRTC canteens would be given to women's self help groups to operate them, he said. The minister also said he has sought an expert opinion on fixing "shock absorbers" to the last seats of the ST buses.

"I have received many complaints about the hardships faced due to the seats. So I have sought views from technical experts in this regard," he informed.

Mulls revival of 'blood-on-call' scheme

Maharashtra Govt is planning to revamp the 'Jeevan Amrut Yojana' (blood-on-call) scheme which is aimed at facilitating blood supply to patients scheduled to undergo surgeries and medical procedures in remote areas.  The Yojana was launched last year, under which the patients have to pay Rs 450 towards the cost of blood and Rs 50 to Rs 100 as transportation cost depending on the distance, and request (for blood) is placed by the hospital concerned.
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