Shillong, Feb. 17: The new buses launched in Tura, West Garo Hills, have become a big success, unlike Shillong which is facing anomalies in running the buses procured through central assistance.
“However, the buses launched in Tura on January 26 under the banner of Tura Public Transport Service has been welcomed by all sections of people and there has been no complaint or problem from any side,” West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Pravin Bakshi today said in a statement.
According to the deputy commissioner, the bus service is meeting the expectations of the people of Tura. Regular checks are also being conducted by officials of the Tura Municipal Board to ensure that conductors issue tickets to passengers.
The operational right of the buses has been handed over to the Tura mini bus syndicate under an agreement, he said. To ensure that the operator adheres to the specified service standards and schedule of operation, a monitoring committee headed by the deputy commissioner has also been constituted.
“Minor operational bottlenecks are being resolved expeditiously and we are hailing it as a success story for the state urban affairs department of the Tura Municipal Board. All the 10 buses are doing brisk business and are ferrying residents, students, daily wage earners and people from the town and surrounding areas,” Bakshi said.
The deputy commissioner said the newly launched buses are also making profit and all segments of society, including the merchant association, small traders associations and neighbourhood committees, have enthusiastically welcomed and appreciated the service.
“The urban affairs department, happy with the success of the bus service, is planning to allot more buses soon in the identified routes. This will also reduce the waiting time in each route,” Bakshi said.
The principal secretary to the urban affairs department, P. Naik, assured the West Garo Hills district administration that the state will consider the early sanctioning of 10 more buses.