Passenger bus service along NH 37 resumes after 11 years
STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 20th Dec:
After a long hiatus of 11 years, passenger bus service along the Imphal-Jiri road (NH 37) resumed from Wednesday with improvement in the condition of the highway lately.
Transport commissioner L Lakshmikumar flagged off passenger buses from ISBT Imphal at Khuman Lampak.
Speaking on the occasion, Lakshmikumar informed that the initiative is in line with the assurance given by the new government to Jiribam district and the passenger bus service will help in improving relation between Imphal and Jiri.
He also appreciated the efforts of Imphal-Silchar Road Bus Owners’ Welfare Union and United Bus Owners’ Welfare Association in realising the goal.
The primary objective of Manipur State Transport Corporation (MSTC) is to provide affordable public transportation facilities in every nook and corner of the state. As such, any organisation, government or private, will get full support from the government in providing transport service to the uncovered areas of the state, he said. The commissioner also appealed to private transporters to render their service with a sense of public service instead of just seeing profitability.
United Bus Owners’ Welfare Association secretary B Dhanabir pointed out that passenger bus service along the Imphal-Jiri road was stopped since 2006 due to deteriorating condition of the highway. After more than a decade, the new government took up the initiative of improving the condition of the highway, which ultimately resulted in resumption of the bus service, he said while thanking chief minister N Biren, who also holds the portfolio of transport for his efforts in improving road connectivity in the state.
He further informed that for starter eight buses would be providing passenger service along the highway. The buses will leave stations both at Imphal and Jiri after every one hour beginning from 6 in the morning.
The bus will start from Wahengbam Leikai and wait for passenger for a brief moment in front of Baba Fish Centre, he said.
Dhanabir further informed that Imphal-Khoupum bus service will also commence soon under the two transport operators.