Planning strategy depends upon a number of issues such as the spread of rural areas across
the country, the resource base of a rural settlement, the population and growth rate of
population, the distance between a settlement and nearby agricultural, industrial, and
administrative growth centers, and the current accessibility levels to these growth centers.
Thus public transport planning in rural areas is a complex phenomenon. It is quite difficult
to consider each and every settlement in planning public transport. In India a district
is normally considered as a unit for the purpose of planning and developing transport
infrastructure. The same criteria could be followed even while planning a public transport
network in rural areas.