GUWAHATI, March 24 - Braving all odds, ASTC staff helped some 28,000 people who arrived from different states during the last three days reach their respective destinations after proper screening.
With other modes of public transport remaining off the roads, ASTC buses received passengers of around 20 trains and 160 flights in the last three days.
�Approximately 16,000 people arrived by air and 12,000 people by rail and they were assisted at various airports and railway stations of the State. At each railway station and at each airport, passengers were received after proper medical checks and other necessary formalities. Later they were ferried to their respective places,� an ASTC official said.
Private public transport, taxis, etc., were not available due to Sunday�s �Janata Curfew� and subsequently due to decisions taken by various private players and associations not to operate vehicles due to the coronavirus threat.
Since Sunday, ASTC has provided more than 500 buses covering various airports and railway stations to provide transport to people who have come from outside.
�Passengers were received in Guwahati and provided transport to Barak Valley, Agartala , Shillong, Karbi Anglong, central Assam, north Assam, upper Assam and lower Assam. ASTC has provided services at Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta Road, Nalbari, Rangia, Guwahati, Kamakhya, Lumding, Jorhat, Nazira, Mariani, Sonari, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia railway stations and also at each station of northern Assam,� the official said.
The ASTC staff who are rendering their services day and night to ensure zero inconvenience to the people, are being given incentives for the their efforts.
�We are grateful for their services. Despite knowing that trains are coming from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Delhi, etc., they took all care and precautions and carried out their duties with a high morale,� the official added.