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For the first time, ASTC buys buses using its own funds

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 6 - The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has introduced 20 premier category AC Benz buses to its fleet. The inducted buses will operate between LGBI Airport and Guwahati and to Silchar, Dibrugarh and Jorhat. Additionally, new day services have also been started in the Dhubri-Guwahati, Lakhimpur-Tezpur routes and in the hilly regions of Haflong and Diphu to Hojai.

The buses were flagged off by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today in presence of Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, ASTC Chairman Ashok Bhattarai and MD Anand Prakash Tiwari.

ASTC, the revenues of which have seen significant improvement in the last three years, purchased these buses entirely from its own funds without any government support. Each bus costs around Rs 50 lakh.

ASTC�s performance has improved drastically over the past four years as evident from its turnover which has increased from Rs 73 crore in 2015-16 to 128.3 crore in 2019-20, which is a growth of 75 per cent.

The gap between revenue and expenditure has been reduced by 70 per cent.

Its fleet size has also expanded from 1,090 vehicles in 2015-16 to from 1,289 vehicles in 2019-20.

Additionally, buses under ASTC also grew from 1,839 in 2015-16 and 2,240 in 2019-20 which is a growth of 21 per cent.

Officials said ASTC has also started to provide buses to leading PSUs in Assam, such as ONGC and Oil India. It has provided 149 vehicles to ONGC which includes buses, trailers, ambulances and paramedical staff. These initiatives have helped ASTC to earn additional revenues of close to Rs 48 crore per annum.

In addition to these, ASTC has tied up with multiple oil marketing companies, such as BPCL, HPCL, IOCL for setting up of petrol pumps across the State which is further envisaged to augment its revenues.

Keeping in view the projected number of visitors to Kamakhya in next 10 years, a decade-long programme �Swachh Kamakhya-Vision 2027� for increasing the number of e-buses to give public transport connectivity to Kamakhya is being worked out, so that with the increasing number of visitors, the fleet of e-buses is also augmented proportionately. The fleet of e-buses is proposed to be procured in six phases of two years each, thereby increasing the fleet strength to 100 buses by 2027.

ASTC has also revamped its transportation infrastructure availability in the last four years. A few notable projects which have been completed are Transport Plazas at Dalgaon, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Boko and bus station at Majuli amounting to around Rs 300 lakh. Some of the ongoing projects which have been started and are at different stages of completion are ISBT Khanapara, ISBT Tezpur and Transport Plaza at Silchar amounting to around Rs 4,700 lakh.

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For the first time, ASTC buys buses using its own funds

GUWAHATI, Nov 6 - The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has introduced 20 premier category AC Benz buses to its fleet. The inducted buses will operate between LGBI Airport and Guwahati and to Silchar, Dibrugarh and Jorhat. Additionally, new day services have also been started in the Dhubri-Guwahati, Lakhimpur-Tezpur routes and in the hilly regions of Haflong and Diphu to Hojai.

The buses were flagged off by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today in presence of Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, ASTC Chairman Ashok Bhattarai and MD Anand Prakash Tiwari.

ASTC, the revenues of which have seen significant improvement in the last three years, purchased these buses entirely from its own funds without any government support. Each bus costs around Rs 50 lakh.

ASTC�s performance has improved drastically over the past four years as evident from its turnover which has increased from Rs 73 crore in 2015-16 to 128.3 crore in 2019-20, which is a growth of 75 per cent.

The gap between revenue and expenditure has been reduced by 70 per cent.

Its fleet size has also expanded from 1,090 vehicles in 2015-16 to from 1,289 vehicles in 2019-20.

Additionally, buses under ASTC also grew from 1,839 in 2015-16 and 2,240 in 2019-20 which is a growth of 21 per cent.

Officials said ASTC has also started to provide buses to leading PSUs in Assam, such as ONGC and Oil India. It has provided 149 vehicles to ONGC which includes buses, trailers, ambulances and paramedical staff. These initiatives have helped ASTC to earn additional revenues of close to Rs 48 crore per annum.

In addition to these, ASTC has tied up with multiple oil marketing companies, such as BPCL, HPCL, IOCL for setting up of petrol pumps across the State which is further envisaged to augment its revenues.

Keeping in view the projected number of visitors to Kamakhya in next 10 years, a decade-long programme �Swachh Kamakhya-Vision 2027� for increasing the number of e-buses to give public transport connectivity to Kamakhya is being worked out, so that with the increasing number of visitors, the fleet of e-buses is also augmented proportionately. The fleet of e-buses is proposed to be procured in six phases of two years each, thereby increasing the fleet strength to 100 buses by 2027.

ASTC has also revamped its transportation infrastructure availability in the last four years. A few notable projects which have been completed are Transport Plazas at Dalgaon, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Boko and bus station at Majuli amounting to around Rs 300 lakh. Some of the ongoing projects which have been started and are at different stages of completion are ISBT Khanapara, ISBT Tezpur and Transport Plaza at Silchar amounting to around Rs 4,700 lakh.

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