Dibrugarh: Dibrugarh DC Pallav Gopal Jha on Friday flagged off Assam’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) bus here as a step towards a pollution-free Assam. Dibrugarh is the first district in Assam to have a CNG-operated bus service. The bus owned and operated by the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) will ply from Dibrugarh town to Mulukgaon under Chabua Revenue circle of the district. Stating it as a historic moment, Deputy Commissioner said CNG is the future of energy and with the introduction of CNG-operated bus service in the district, Dibrugarh district has taken its first step towards a pollution-free transport system in the district.
He also stated that efforts are on to introduce more such buses in the district in the near future. The inauguration programme held at ASTC campus of Chowkidinghee, Dibrugarh was also attended by Addl. Deputy Commissioner, Ranjit Konwar; Chief Engineer, ASTC, Bolin Das; Chief Commercial Manager, ASTC, Muruli Bora; Divisional Superintendent, ASTC, Tinsukia Division, Mitradev Changkakoti and DTO, Dibrugarh, Sadananda Gogoi among others.
At the same event, Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner also inaugurated the city bus service in Dibrugarh town by flagging off two ASTC buses today. The buses will ply between BCPL main gate to AMCH, with each bus expected to accomplish 5 trips per day along the said route.