Inter district, city bus service to begin from June 25

IMPHAL, 22nd June: Following the government’s plan to revive inter-district and city bus services under its 100-day programme, the state directorate of transport is all set to flag off the bus services from June 25 (Sunday) onwards with free ride on the inaugural day. Announcing this to the media during a press conference at Old secretariat on Thursday, transport commissioner M Lakshmikumar said that there are still several unconnected areas in term of transport and communication even though private players are providing transport service across the state. Under its new policy, the state government will emphasise on those unconnected areas as well as safety of the people while rolling out the public transport system.

For starter, the government will utilise the Semi Low Floor (SLF) buses of JnNURM and will acquire 10 more such buses soon. On the inaugural day on Sunday, the government will provide free ride to all passengers on all routes, he said. He also divulged that the government has plan to expand the network through public-private-partnership (PPP) model.

Four fleet size SLF buses would be utilised for ring-round city bus service, which would begin from ISBT and MSRTC complex and fare for a round trip would be Rs 10 per passenger. Route 1 from ISBT will pass through Khongnang Ani Karak, North AOC, Khoyathong Traffic Point, Kanglpat Road (in front of Indira Park), BT Road, Nagamapal-Khoyathong road, Thangmeiband DM College Gate, Lilashing Khongnangkhong and Khongnang Ani Karak before culminating at ISBT.

Route 2 service from ISBT will go through Dewlahland, Khongnang Ani Karak, Lilashing Khongnangkhong, Thangmeiband Road, Khoyathong ABC Godown, Nagamapal Road, BT Road, GM Hall, PWD Complex, North AOC Junction, Tribal Museum Complex, Khongnang Ani Karak and then culminate at ISBT.

Route 1 service from MSRTC complex will go through Moirangkhom, Singjamei Traffic Point, Manipur College Gate, Pishum Keithel, Khagempalli Junction, Elangbam Leikai, Keishampat Junction, Wahengbam Leikai road, BT Road, Western Kangla Bus waiting shed, BSEM and then culminate at MSRTC complex.

Route 2 service from MSRTC will go through District Police HQ, Nupilal Complex, Johnstone School, BT Road, Wahengbam Leikai, Keishampat Junction, Keishamthong, Elangbam Leikai, Khagempalli, Pishumthong, Manipur College, Chingamakhong, Moirangkhom and culminate at MSRTC complex.

As for the inter-district bus service, fare will be Rs 1 per kilometre. Different routes for this service are Imphal to Yairipok via Thoubal and Charangpat (two SLF buses); Imphal to Kakching via Mayang Imphal and Wabagai Lamkhai (two SLF buses); Imphal to Moirang (two SLF buses); Imphal to Noney via Patsoi (two 41+ D buses); Imphal to Moreh via Thoubal (two 41+ D buses); and Imphal to Pherzawl (one 41 + D bus). The bus service for Imphal to Pherzawl would be a single trip per day, Lakshmikumar informed.

Stating that reviving the Manipur State Transport is a big challenge to the department, he said that a separate cell or wing would be constituted for management of these bus services. Transport director C Arthur and deputy director BK Sharma also attended the press conference.

Replying to queries from media persons, transport director C Arthur Worchuiyo said that critical areas have been identified and steps will be taken up for posting traffic officials in these critical areas. He further said that the route of the City Bus service will be both clockwise and anti-clockwise to overcome vehicle shortages at present and also for the convenience of the commuters.

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