IMPHAL, Nov 8 - Manipur State Transport (MST) was feted here today for getting the ‘Commendable Initiative’ award of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the category of Best City Bus Service Project. The award was given for the re-introduction and efficient operation of public transport in Manipur since last year.
The Union Ministry observed that MST project had marked a beginning of efficient private partnership in the hills for operation of affordable inter and intra city bus services as it provides cheaper alternative besides relieving traffic congestion. The award was handed over during the 11th Urban Mobility India Conference cum Expo 2018 held from November 2-4, at Nagpur in Maharashtra.
Congratulating the MST team on achieving the feat, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that after the revival of public transport service, people from different parts of the State have been requesting the State Government to introduce MST bus service in their districts/villages as well.
The CM, who holds the Transport portfolio, said MST bus service had become a boon for the needy people and added the Government is considering to introduce MST services in many other routes.
Later, he handed over the trophy and commendation certificate of the award to Commissioner Transport M Lakshmikumar and Director Transport) C Arthur Worchuiyo. MST which started with an initial fleet of 16 buses was revived on June 25 last year.
On October 24, the second phase of MST bus service in seven new routes including Airport Express from Imphal was flagged off. MST had earned a total revenue of Rs 1.63 crore as on October 20 last and could meet expenditure on fuel and salary of staff with this revenue.
Probe demanded: The Zeliangrong Civil Organizations (ZCO) has demanded the Government of India to immediately institute a judicial enquiry into the November 3 incident where two persons from Zeliangrong community, one from Jalukie, Peren district, Nagaland and the other from Ramgaizang village, Cachar, Assam were killed by a mob at Harinagar, Lakhipur, Assam.
So far, the Government of Assam and Centre have failed to take up any step to arrest the culprits, ZCO said in a press release issued here.
ZCO alleged that the security forces who came to the village to rescue the two civilians, joined in beating and kicking and even to strangulate the two, the release added.