Guwahati: The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) has finally decided to commence bus services on Mother Teresa Road from Monday, November 29 onwards.
This decision has resulted in a major relief for the passengers and bus associations who were demanding for city buses to operate from this route.
The route will run from Zoo Road Tiniali to Narengi via Geetanagar with a total of 10 buses being allowed to operate. This will certainly make the residents of Geetanagar delighted as they were demanding for this route to be functional for a long time.
Despite the fact that there exists a one-way bus facility from Panjabari, which passes through Geetamandir to Zoo Road, Chandmari, Adabari, the lack of bus services from the other way around was bothering them.
For a brief period of time, the city bus services were operational in the Mother Teresa road but were later stopped to pave way for the operations of shared taxis.
It is obvious that the shared taxis will cost considerably higher as compared to the buses and it would not be feasible for a lot of commuters. The buses violating this order were penalized.
At the time of the construction of the Dispur Flyover, the bus services from Panjabari were directed via Geetanagar. But since the flyover had been completed earlier this month, the Panjabari buses have again started to operate from their former route.
The Regional Transport Authority (RTA) finally decided to make the Geetanagar route functional considering all these factors in mind.
Bus fares had been hiked following the surge in the prices of fuel. Assam Chief Minister and the Transport Minister had expressed their displeasure in the hike in bus fares and pledged not to let it happen but no action was taken following their comments. As a result, the public was outraged by their inaction.