GUWAHATI: Adding another feather to the cap of the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC), a newly developed android based ASTC mobile application, ASTC REDBUS was launched by Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary at a function organized for flagging off six Volvo buses at ISBT, Betkuchi on Monday.
It is speculated that the launching of the ASTC REDBUS will now bring ticket bookings closer to the consumers. Passengers can now book their tickets at their convenience from anywhere within the state or country for travel within Assam and neighbouring states. Using the application, commuters can track the ASTC buses on a map and use the information to plan and commute to the boarding point and get off at the right stop. The passengers can also check the bus locations to coordinate pickups.
During the ceremony, Minister Patowary also flagged off six Volvo buses. ‘The introduction of Volvo service from Guwahati to Shillong and Guwahati to Itanagar has scripted a new chapter in the history of ASTC,” the Minister said while flagging off the buses.
The Minister said that ASTC is committed for betterment of services through positive changes in internal governance, infrastructure, IT enabled services, easy access to public, quality services, effective and efficient services.
The Minister also spoke on the immense possibility that opening of Chittagong Port and the sea link for India will bring to the region’s trade and commerce sector. He deliberated on how four-laning of National Highways, double-tracking of railways, connecting to six capitals of ASEAN through international flights etc. will benefit the people of this region.
The Volvo buses will be operated by Chartered Speed Private Limited on PPP mode. Tickets can be booked through the newly launched ASTC mobile application and ASTC website.
Also attending the function included Commissioner and Secretary, Transport Department, Ashutosh Agnihotri, MD, ASTC, Anand Prakash Tiwari and others.