city is well connected via rail, road and air transport services.
Indore has for a long time been a rail and road transportation
Ahilyabai Holkar Airport connects Indore directly to Mumbai, Delhi,
Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Raipur, Nagpur and Bhopal
in India. Major airlines operating flights to Indore include
Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, JetLite,
Kingfisher Airlines and Deccan Aviation.
Indore still lacks direct connectivity to major cities in India
like Chennai, Chandigarh, Bangalore and Pune. It is still in the
News for more than a year, some airlines are making efforts for
flights to Bangalore and Pune, but yet there is no action from any
airlines.Plans are underway to upgrade the airport to an international
airport by the end of 2012. The airport provides free wireless internet
connectivity using Wi-Fi.
Indore railway network is part of the Ratlam Division of the Western
Railways. The tracks leadinginto the city arenot electrified.Indore
is one of the few places in India with both meter gauge and broad
gauge railways tracks operational. Regular train services connect
Indore to most parts of the country. There are direct trains to
Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata (Howrah), Chennai, Trivandrum, Ahmedabad,
Pune, Jammu, Jaipur, Lucknow, Bhopal, Nagpur, Patna and other
major towns. The Indore junction is the main station in the city.
Four other small stations, Rajendra Nagar, Lokmanya Nagar, Saifee
Nagar and Lakshmibai Nagar provide short distance services to
nearby towns and villages.Indore lies on the longest functional
meter gauge line in India between Jaipur and Purna
is well connected to other parts of Madhya Pradesh and India through
national and state highways. The Agra-Bombay national highway (NH3)
and NH86 to Ahmedabad to the West and Betul to the East pass through
Indore. The city is connected to the Khandwa town by the Khandwa
Toll Road, towards the south of the city. In the North-West, the
city is connected to the holy city of Ujjain via the Ujjain Road.
There are bus services to and from all major and minor cities near
Indore. The prominent ones being Bhopal, Barwani, Khandwa, Ujjain,
Dewas, Dhar, Ratlam, Khargoan, Jhabua and Agar.
with population of more than one million should have urban bus
Transport Corporation that owns 30 percent of its own buses and
contracts 70 percent of buses from private contractors and operators.
Motivated by this World Bank recommendation note on 'India's Transport
Sector, The Challenges Ahead (2002)'
Mr. Vivek Aggarwal, Collector and District Magistrate, Indore
conceptualized a financial model of public transport system
through private partnership where in every player whether Government,
the spv, local administration, operators and people are mutually
to the high potential for development of competitive bus transport
market through contracting or franchising arrangements, a Special
Purpose Vehicle as a public limited company was formed which specifies
the role of the market and government. It was felt that cities
like Indore should develop their own regulatory and enforcement
capabilities to promote city service competition and put in place
a mechanism that will ensure financial viability of such operations.
main source of revenue for the company is the monthly premium
amount received from the bus operators, advertising revenue and
the share of revenue generated through passes. The sources of
revenue for the bus operators are the daily fare box collection,
share of revenue generated through advertising on buses and monthly
passes. Cost effective and substantial finances to the operators
has been made available by the bank. Operators were financed 100%
by the bank and an agreement has been executed between the company,
the bank and the operators to have an escrow account.
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