|Plan to increase number of ASTC buses|
GUWAHATI, March 5 – Transport Minister Chandan Brahma today said that a plan has been chalked out to increase the fleet of buses of the Assam State Transport Corporation to one thousand within the next two years.
The Minister said that in 2001, the ASTC had 70 buses in running condition and the total income was Rs 70 lakh. Gradually, the condition of the ASTC improved and during 2011-12, the total number of buses in running condition increased to 560 and the earning increased to Rs 4.10 crore. He said that as many as 1400 buses owned by private persons are also running under the ASTC operations.
Brahma said that steps have been taken to improve rural connectivity with the introduction of new buses and the salaries of the employees of the ASTC increased to bring that at par with the salaries of the State Government employees.
The Minister said that the Inter State Bus Terminus was set up in ASTC land and such bus terminuses are being set up in other parts of the State.