Dasakhiatbha Lamare

Shillong: Meghalaya Transport Minister Dasakhiatbha Lamare on Friday said the Meghalaya Transport Corporation (MTC) was facing a financial crunch.

Lamare informed the House that the MTC was not getting enough revenue to meet all its expenses, even making it difficult to pay salaries to the staff.

And the newly-inaugurated Inter-State Bus Terminus at Mawiong, Shillong, is expected to be operational before April 1, 2022.

“We are examining the matter and we hope to resolve it soon,” Lamare said, adding that they are looking to make the ISBT operational before April 1. He also said that 95% of the process for allotting shops and other facilities in the ISBT is complete.

Mover of the motion, Umroi MLA George Lyngdoh taunted that the transport minister’s date of April 1 for making the ISBT operational is keeping in view the importance of the date since April 1 is observed as April Fools Day.

Earlier while moving the cut motion, Lyngdoh lamented that MTC employees have not been paid their salary for three months even as he added that the MTC is not utilizing its land for parking of tourist taxis.

Lyngdoh also reiterated that the department is collecting hefty fines from vehicle operators who have been unable to renew their permits due to the pandemic.

Lamare responded that a waiver was given earlier but even after this, many taxis are finding it difficult to renew their permits. “I do agree the charge is very high and we will work on it. It will be taken up on priority,” Lamare said.

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