GUWAHATI, April 19 - The State government has arranged a special bus service for the employees of Janata Bhawan from April 21 till the lockdown is lifted.
�With limited services allowed to be functional, the Government of Assam is also gearing up to start functioning of its offices with effect from April 21 with limited staff and by maintaining social distancing. Janata Bhawan has also decided to resume office with effect from April 21 by providing bus service to the employees with utmost care to maintaining social distancing. The bus service will be provided by the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) to the employees during the lockdown period in strict compliance with the norms,� said Dr M Angamuthu, Commissioner and Secretary, Secretariat Administration Department.
The service will operate on eight routes of the city.
In route number 1, the bus will start from the LGBI Airport at 8.15 am each day and proceed via Azara through National Highway 37, Jalukbari, Basistha Chariali, Beltola Tiniali, Survey, Wireless and Last Gate to the Janata Bhawan complex.
In route 2, the bus will start from Jalukbari at 8 am and pass through Fancy Bazar, Panbazar, Uzanbazar, Chandmari and Ganeshguri, while in route 3 the bus will start from New Guwahati at 8.30 am and have stoppages at Noonmati, Narengi, VIP Road, Borbari, Hengrabari and Ganeshguri on the way to Janata Bhawan.
In route number 4, the bus will start from Panjabari at 9 am and reach the Janata Bhawan by covering Sixmile, Khanapara, Jaya Nagar (Housefed Complex) and Down Town, while in route 5 it will start from Basistha Mandir at 9 am by covering Games Village, Bhetapara, Hatigaon Chariali, Lakhiminagar and Last Gate.
The bus of route 6 will start from Natboma Housefed Complex at 9 am and cover Sijubari, Hatigaon, Sewali Path, Lakhiminagar and Last Gate en route to Janata Bhawan.
In route 7, it will start from the Odalbakra bus stand at 9 am and cover Kahilipara, DPI, Ganesh Mandir and Last Gate, while in route 8, it will start from the Jalukbari bus stand at 8.30 am and have stoppages at Maligaon, Bharalumukh, Paltan Bazar, Ulubari, Bhangagarh and Christian Basti before reaching the Janata Bhawan complex.
The respective buses will stop at each stoppage for two minutes.
The return journey of the buses in all the eight routes will start at 5.30 pm each day from the Janata Bhawan complex. This special bus service will cease to operate as and when the lockdown is lifted by the government.