Imphal-Mao bus service launched
Imphal, March 30 (EMN): To facilitate the people of Senapati district, particularly the Mao people, in marketing their local products and enhancing the economic activities of the state, the much awaited Imphal-Mao state bus transport services was formally launched in Imphal on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Biren Singh said that the bus service had been launched with the objective to maintain close relationships among people living in border villages and valley areas. “The bus service was of utmost importance for the people of the state as better transportation facilities could strengthen connections among people of the hill and valleys districts”, he added.
He informed that the Manipur State Road Transport Corporation, which had remained non-functional for a long time was revived as Manipur State Transport (MST) by the BJP-led government after its formation in 2017.
Stating that around 28 buses were operating in the state, he said that the government was in the process of procuring three more buses.
He continued that the state government was planning to make the existing bus station at Dimapur functional considering the importance of operating bus service till Dimapur for the people. He also stated that the operation of bus service would be increased after considering the demand for transportation.
In his speech, MLA L Dikho said, “the people from different communities had started working together for the development of the state under the leadership of Biren”, and added that economic activities would be enhanced with the launch of the bus services.
The Naga People’s Organisation, Mao Council and Mao Students’ Union expressed gratitude to the CM for launching the bus service and also assured to extend their support and cooperation in operation of the bus service.
The Mao Town Committee and Mao Women Business Union welcomed the MST bus on its arrival at Mao hill town, 110 km north of Imphal.
The bus service from Imphal to Mao will depart from Nagamapal, RIMS Road Corner near Kasturi Thong at 7 am and 2:30 pm on every working day, while the bus coming from Mao will depart from Mao Bus Parking, near Traffic Island, Mao at 6 am and 2:30 pm.