TURA | Feb 28, 2019:
The First ever Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Meghalaya was inaugurated by Home Minister, James K Sangma today at Chasingre, West Garo Hills district.
Terming the occasion as ‘iconic’ and ‘landmark’ moment for the people of Garo Hills, Sangma recalled that it was the long cherished dream of former Member of Parliament, Late P A Sangma, to set up ISBT here in the state and added that this bus terminus would be beneficial to the people of the region.
Further, he informed that the ISBT which was completed in the year 2017, remained un-operational for various reasons and now with the initiative of the chief minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma and Minister Urban Affairs, they were able to inaugurate it and it would soon be functional.
While stating that the state is striding in various developmental projects in the region, he said that the people should take advantage of this development in the area.
Referring to his experiences in earlier days, he said that ISBT of Tura is much better along with scenic view than the other ISBT at Delhi, Shimla, etc.
Meanwhile, Director of Urban Affairs, E Kharmalki stated that due to the increasing population and traffic congestion in the town area, there is a need to relocate the bus station to this present site. Therefore, the department of Urban Affairs had acquired the land around 58 bighas of land from the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department for construction of Inter State Bus Terminus at Chasingre, near Tura.
He also mentioned that the project was sanctioned for the amount of Rs. 45 Crores and the execution of construction of the ISBT was entrusted to NBCC (India) Limited formerly, National Building Construction Corporation Limited.
As per the plan the project has boarding and alighting bays for 16 nos of vehicles, lay over bays for 21 nos of vehicles, shunting bays for 11 nos of vehicles, local buses for 26 nos, for sumo/taxi 76 nos, cars for 32 nos and more than 50 nos for two wheelers. He mentioned that the project started in December 2012 and was completed in March 2017 and at present the modalities for running the project has been completed.
Minister incharge, Urban Affairs, Hamletson Dohling, Chairman, Meghalaya Transport Corporation, J M Sangma, Commissioner and Secretary, Transport Department, M R Synrem, Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Ram Singh, Managing Director, K L Nongbri were among others who spoke on the occasion.