Guwahati: In a bid to make travelling safe for women and senior citizens, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off 25 pink buses on Saturday.
The buses launched under ‘Bhraman Sarathi Scheme’ will provide free bus service for women and senior citizens for their commute within Guwahati.
The new fleet of buses under Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) will ply on five routes: Khanapara-Jalukbari via Paltan Bazar, Forest Gate-Jalukbari via Chandmari, Basistha Mandir-Jalukbari via Paltan Bazar, Khanapara-Jalukbari via NH/ ISBT and Game Village/ Bhetapara-Jalukbari via Paltan Bazar.
Inaugurating the pink buses, CM Sonowal said, “The new bus service of ASTC will provide a new dimension to the state government’s welfare measures in the new year.” He also appealed to all passengers to take care of the buses.
Transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary who was also present during the launch said, “These buses will provide fast, safe and free of cost transportation services to the women and senior citizens in the state.”
In November last year, the CM has also flagged off 20 modern Bharat Benz buses inducted by ASTC.
Sonowal said, “The present state government with timely and right kind of intervention has changed the weaknesses of ASTC into its strength and as a result, the organisation has attained dynamism in its operation.”
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