By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, June 9: Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal today said that in order to infuse a new lease of life to the Transport department, new measures should be introduced. Though the Transport department is playing a major role in revenue generation in the State, modern measures would add more teeth to the department.
Chairing a review meeting of the Transport department at the conference room of his office in Assam Secretariat on Thursday, Sonowal said in order to facilitate a quantum leap in revenue generation, the Transport department needs to take up new programmes to woo passengers, as well as other stakeholders.
Sonowal also asked the department to set a target of Rs 2000 crore for revenue generation and pitched for strengthening the enforcement system in the State for the purpose.
In the backdrop of increasing number of road accidents, Chief Minister Sonowal emphasized on generating public awareness and setting up training centres along the tiol highways. Sensitization workshops should be conducted for drivers who in turn can act as change agents for reducing road accidents.
Chief Minister Sonowal also stressed the need for ‘swacch’ (clean) bus-stands across the State and asked the officers and other employees to take a pro-active role in this regard. Some behavioral change practices like creating awareness about the rules and regulations of transport and instilling discipline like wearing uniform etc should be reintroduced in letter and spirit for the department to live up to its mark.
Taking steps for stopping encroachments in and around bus-stand and bus terminus areas and earmarking parking spaces are some of the areas that the Transport department needs to improve upon, he pointed out.
It may be mentioned that there are altogether 22 lakh public transport vehicles plying in the State, of which 8 lakh vehicles are plying in Guwahati city alone.