Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday flagged off Imphal-Mao Manipur State Transport (MST) Bus Service from MST Complex, Moirangkhom. The bus service was launched with an objective of providing a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable public transport service.

Speaking on the occasion, CM Biren Singh said the bus service had been launched with the objective to maintain close relationship among people living in the border villages and valley areas.

“The bus service was of utmost importance for people of the state as better transportation facilities could strengthen connections among people of hill and valleys districts,” he said.

He recalled that the Manipur State Road Transport Corporation, which had remained non-functional for a long time, was revived as Manipur State Transport by the BJP-led government after its formation in 2017.

Stating that around 28 buses were operating in the state providing transportation service, Singh added that the government was in process of procuring three more buses.

He continued that the state government was planning to make the existing bus station at Dimapur functional considering the importance of operating a bus service till Dimapur for the people of Mao. He also stated that the frequency would be increased considering the demand for transportation.

CM Biren Singh mentioned that regular bus service between Imphal and Mao would facilitate the people of Mao in marketing their local products and enhancing the economic activities of the state in general.

MLA for Mao constituency Losii Dikho, Chief Secretary Rajesh Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Transport) P Vaiphei, Director (Transport) Dr Nivedita Lairenlakpam and president of the Naga People’s Organisation, Mao Council and Mao Students’ Union also attended the programme among others.

The Naga People’s Organisation, Mao Council and Mao Students’ Union expressed their gratitude to the chief minister for launching the bus service, and also assured to extend their support and cooperation in its operation.

It may be mentioned that the bus plying from Imphal to Mao will depart from Nagamapal, RIMS Road Corner near Kasturi Thong at 7:00 am and 2:30 pm on every working day, while the bus coming from Mao to Imphal will depart from Mao Bus Parking, near Traffic Island, Mao at 6:00 am and 2:30 pm.

Later, the CM visited Chingmeirong, eastern side of DM College, and took stock of the location where a temporary Mao Market would be set up.

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