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The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has for the first time rolled out a fleet of 25 buses dedicated for the safe travel of women and senior citizens in the city.
The bus service introduced by the state transport department under the ‘Bhraman Sarathi’ scheme will be free.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off the ASTC buses at a ceremony here on January 9.
The routes that the buses will take are Khanapara to Jalukbari via Paltan Bazar, Forest Gate to Jalukbari via Chandmari, Basistha Mandir to Jalukbari via Paltan Bazar, Khanapara to Jalukbari via National Highway/ISBT and Games Village/Bhetapara to Jalukbari via Paltan Bazar.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, the Chief Minister said, “This dedicated free transport service, introduced in Guwahati, would immensely help women and senior citizens.
Sonowal urged commuters to take adequate care of the buses.
Appreciating the role of the transport corporation, Sonowal said ASTC buses had transported essential items, including medicines, vegetables, fruit etc. within Northeast and to other parts of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Further, to bring back people who were stranded outside, the ASTC played a remarkable role,” he said.
He lauded state transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary for the initiative besides praising the ASTC officials, drivers, and handymen for their dedicated service during the pandemic.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)