Chopper service for Tamenglong, Moreh from Oct 29

IMPHAL, 24th Oct: Chief minister N Biren has stated that after successful launch of Imphal-Jiribam Helicopter Service, efforts are underway to introduce helicopter services for Tamenglong and Moreh from October 29 onwards, after conduct of trials on October 25. The CM announced the plan at the flag-off ceremony of second phase of Manipur State Transport (MST) passenger bus service, which will be operational in seven new routes. The function was organised by State Transport Department at Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), Khuman Lampak.

The second phase MST service will link Imphal with Jessami, Khoupum, Nungba, Kamjong, Tamenglong and Tamei besides providing service from ISBT, Chingmeirong to Imphal Airport (Airport Express). Speaking on the occasion, CM Biren, who also holds Transport portfolio, informed that public transport service under the aegis of MST was revived with a noble intent to solve the inconvenience faced by the people residing in far-flung and interior areas in coming to the state capital.

The first phase MST bus service was launched for six routes (Moreh, Noney, Pherzawl, Moirang, Yairipok and Kakching) on June 24 last year. However, passenger service to Pherzawl was discontinued as the bus was not suitable to operate in the interior district. Nonetheless, the bus service on this route would be resumed soon with the purchase of a high-floor bus, he added.

The Chief Minister then appealed to the people to treat the drivers and handymen of MST inter-district bus services with love and respect so that they may reciprocate with dedicated service for the people. He opined that unnecessary harassments might discourage the drivers and handymen who are serving the public with devotion.

Biren also announced that after the successful launch of helicopter service to Jiribam, the State Transport Department is putting in dedicated efforts to introduce helicopter service to Tamenglong and Moreh from October 29 onwards.

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