GUWAHATI, May 5 - With the lockdown being relaxed, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today asked the transport department to do a mapping of its fleet of ASTC buses in proportion to the people stranded in different places of the State and the country to ensure their safe movement.
Chairing a meeting here to review the preparedness of the department to push its fleet of buses into service to transport the stranded people to their respective destinations, Sonowal said in this time of extraordinary health emergency, the transport department should provide services in line with the advisories given by the health department.
Thanking the transport department for being on the frontline in providing emergency and essential services during the lockdown, the Chief Minister emphasised that the management and movement of buses should be made judiciously to mitigate the hardship of the stranded people.
Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary giving a snapshot of different activities performed by the department during the lockdown informed the Chief Minister that during eight days from April 25 to May 2 a total of 2,090 buses transported 32,444 passengers.
The Chief Minister later visited the Prem Singh Brahma Inter-State Bus Terminus and talked to the passengers. He also took stock of the arrangements made by the ASTC for the operation of the fleet of buses.