Aizawl: The Mizoram government is yet to receive approval from the Union Ministry of External Affairs to launch bus service between Mizoram and Myanmar, state transport minister T.J. Lalnuntluanga said on Wednesday.
The minister told the assembly on Wednesday that the state government has already approached the Centre for launching a bus service between Aizawl and Tahan in Myanmar.
He said that the government is awaiting response from the External Affairs Ministry, as it involves the affairs of two countries.
Lalnuntluanga said that the Mizoram government has also decided to operate buses to connect people of Mizoram with Manipur and Tripura.
He said that bus service will be launched between Aizawl and Churachandpur town in Manipur and Kanhmun in Tripura.
He informed the state legislature that a draft reciprocal agreement has been submitted to the Manipur government as per the latter’s request and approval is awaited.
A proposal has also been submitted to the Tripura government for the bus service and approval is awaited, he said, adding the process could not be expedited due to the spread of COVID-19.
Replying to a question from opposition member VL Zaithanzama of Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), Lalnuntluanga said altogether 2,90,505 vehicles have been registered in the state till now.
He said that outsiders can also do registration in Mizoram under section 40 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988.
He said that the number of vehicles registered from outside the state is yet to be ascertained after each district transport office verifies the number.
The minister further said that a total of 2,400 two-wheeler taxi permits have been issued in Aizawl till date.
He said that a new plying permit for two-wheeler taxis will be issued as per requirement and the state government has already allowed two wheeler taxis to operate in other district headquarters.