GUWAHATI, Sept 2: Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has initiated major commercial policies to make the corporation self-reliant.
In a unique measure, 15 Transport Plazas are to be set up in the first phase by the corporation. Giving details on it, ASTC MD AP Tiwari said in an AIR talk show on Friday night that steps were being taken in this direction. He said that transport plaza would be set up on the land of ASTC with people’s participation. “A person has to pay ASTC at three installments and ASTC in return will build shops, malls and provide to that person,” he said, and added: “In the first phase places like Rangia, Silchar and Dibrugarh have been selected. Construction will start soon.” He said that 172 new routes have been identified to run buses mostly in rural areas. He also said that Jan Aushadhi Kendras would be set up on the premises of the corporation. In a bid to bring the Divyang youths to mainstream, he said that 40 Divyangs would be recruited in the corporation.
Laying stress on use of technology, Tiwari said that a new system – Infra Ray Technic – would be implemented this year to know the exact number of passengers. He said online ticketing system has been done by the ASTC. “This will help in bringing transparency in the system,” he said, and added: “ASTC is also planning to initiate solar energy project and to enter into skill development sector.” He said that new recruitment would be held and examition would be held in October this year. ASTC, according to him, has appreciated its honest officers. He hopes that ASTC will rise again with public support.