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Only 25 out of 35 state transport buses are fit for plying, said Mizoram transport minister TJ Lalnuntluanga
Only 25 out of 35 state transport buses are fit for plying, said Mizoram transport minister TJ Lalnuntluanga|Representational image
MIZORAM

Mizoram to launch inter-state bus service with Tripura, Manipur

Govt is taking massive efforts to augment public transport services with its neighbouring states, says transport minister TJ Lalnuntluanga

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: The Mizoram government will soon launch inter-state bus service between Mizoram and Zampui range in Tripura and Manipur’s Churachandpur district, where the Mizo communities live, state transport minister TJ Lalnuntluanga said on Friday.

Addressing a meeting at Mizo Hnam Run here, Lalnuntluanga said the state government is taking massive effort to augment public transport services between Mizoram and neighbouring states.

He said that only 25 out of 35 state transport buses are fit for plying.

Citing that the state government is giving utmost concern to re-unification of all Mizo communities in different parts of the country and the world, the minister said the state government is almost ready to launch bus service between Mizoram and Jampui and Churachandpur to establish people to people contact between Zo communities of Mizoram and the two states.

Talks are also on with the Centre to launch bus service between Mizoram and Chin sate of Myanmar, he added.

Lalnuntluanga said that the state government also focus on improvement of inland water way transport system. Efforts are on to connect Bangladesh and Akyab in Myanmar through inland water transport, he said.

Lalnuntluanga said that the government would give priority to improvement of infrastructure in the northeastern and southern parts of the state.

He added that the state government is currently in touch with union ministry of external affairs to improve monitoring of immigration and integrated check posts at the international borders

Mizoram shares a 510-km unfenced international border with Myanmar and 318 km with Bangladesh.

Lalnuntluanga, who also holds forest and climate change portfolio, said the state government is making massive effort to plant more trees in order to create green environment.

Mizoram experienced intense heat wave in April. On April 26, the state capital Aizawl experienced maximum temperature of 38.5 degrees Celsius, the hottest day since temperatures are being recorded in the state in 1999.

Tlabung area in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh also experienced maximum temperature of more than 41 degree Celsius on April 28.

Lalnuntluanga said that implementation of urban Plantation and rural plantation projects are currently being underway in different parts of the state. Roadside plantation and plantation at catchment area will be carried out in maximum number and efforts will be made to make the state tourist attraction, he added.