Chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh today launched inter-district and city bus services as promised to revive state transport as a part of its first 100 programme of the BJP led government.
He flagged off the bus services at Manipur State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), Moirangkhom, Imphal. The main function of the launching ceremony was organised by the State Transport Department at ISBT complex, Deulahland from where the Chief Minister also flagged off a bus of city bus service.
Biren exerted full confidence that the newly revived public transport system would be successful and expressed on launching the service on the eve of Eid-Ul Fitre and on being coincided by the occasion with Rath Jatra festival.
Works Minister Th. Biswajit, CAF and PD Minister Karam Shyam, MAHUD MinisterTh. Shyamkumar, Tribal and Hill Areas Development Minister N. Kayisii, IFCD Minister Letpao Haokip and Education Minister Th. Radheshyam were present on the occasion.
In the first phase, MST will operate city bus service in two routes, both originating from ISBT, Deulahland. The transport agency would also initially have Imphal-Noney, Imphal-Moreh, Imphal-Kakching, Imphal-Yairipok, Imphal-Moirang and Imphal-Pherzawl inter-district bus services.
The proposed fleet size of the agency is around 150 buses to be achieved in three phases. Initially, purchase of five buses has been approved by the Government.
In the first phase, the fleet size will be of 15 buses including ten semi-low floor buses.
Biren Singh said, inter-district bus services for the remaining districts would also be launched soon. The State Government would procure necessary buses for the said purpose at the earliest, he added.
Saying that connectivity is a must to restore emotional integration, the chief minister urged the people to take Manipur State Transport as their own property. He said transparency would bring trust, and trust would further build up unity among people of different communities.