BTC buses to link states

The transport department of the Bodoland Territorial Council is likely to introduce bus services to connect neighbouring states of West Bengal and Meghalaya.

By Our Correspondent in Kokrajhar
  • Published 12.05.15
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Kokrajhar, May 11: The transport department of the Bodoland Territorial Council is likely to introduce bus services to connect neighbouring states of West Bengal and Meghalaya.

The BTC executive member, in-charge of the transport department, Jagadish Sarkar, said the Bodoland Transport Services is likely to introduce bus services to Siliguri in West Bengal, Shillong in Meghalaya and Dhemaji in Assam.

"We are already planning to start the service after the next BTC Assembly," Sarkar said without mentioning the time. He said the transport department would be modified and measures would be taken to solve various problems, including recruitment of a district transport officer and other staff.

He said the Bodoland Transport Services are linking remote places in the four districts under the BTC. Sarkar also claimed that the BTC transport department earns revenue of nearly Rs 80 crore a year from the four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD). He also said new vehicles would be distributed under the Bodoland Vikash Yojana for employment of youths.

Sarkar, who is in-charge of soil conservation, transport and cooperation, was elected for the second term in the BTC elections from 35 Mwdwibari (Open) constituency in Udalguri district. He said without an action plan and consultation of villagers, no scheme will be approved by the soil conservation department.

Sarkar said after assuming office in the BTC, he had instructed the officers to ensure proper implementation of the soil conservation scheme.