Aizawl: The Centre has promised to take measures for operation of buses between Mizoram and Myanmar, state transport minister TJ Lalnuntluanga informed the Assembly on Wednesday.
Replying to a query from V L Zaithanzama of opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), Lalnuntluanga said the state government has proposed to introduce a bus service to connect Champhai town with Tahan in Myanmar.
He said that the state government has approached the Union ministry of external affairs over the matter. Accordingly, the ministry has conveyed its willingness to take measures so that a bus service could be launched between the two countries in a short period from now.
The minister also informed the legislature that the state government is planning to operate buses from Mizoram to Shillong in Meghalaya, Churchandpur in Manipur and Jampui hills in Tripura. He added that the move is to bring people to people contact between Mizoram and those places where a sizeable number of Mizo communities live.
According to Lalnuntluanga, the state government is mulling to outsource for hiring of drivers to work under the state government. Replying to supplementary questions, he said the state government has stop bus operation between Aizawl and Tuipuibari in western part of the state bordering Tripura from April 2 due to poor road condition and shortage of buses.
“Inspection of the road is going on and the bus service is expected to be resumed depending on condition of road and buses,” he said. He added that the state government has not discussed about issuing new permits for two-wheeler taxis.