James Sangma inaugurates first ever ISBT in the state at Tura

Tura, Feb 28: Meghalaya Home Minister, James K Sangma Thursday inaugurated the First ever Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Chasingre, West Garo Hills district.

The first ever Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) was inaugurated in the presence of minister in-charge, Urban Affairs, Hamletson Dohling, Chairman, Meghalaya Transport Corporation, J M Sangma, Commissioner and Secretary, Transport Department, M R Synrem, Chairman GHADC, D T Sangma, Executive Member, B Hajong, Director, Urban Affairs, E Kharmalki, officials of the district, Nokma and people of the area.

“It is indeed an iconic and landmark moment for the people of Garo Hills that the first ever ISBT is being inaugurated and also expressed his gratitude to grace on this momentous occasion,” James Sangma said in his inaugural speech.

Sangma recalled that the project was the long cherished dream of former Member of Parliament, Late P A Sangma.

According to Sangma, the 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.

Moreover while stating that the state in 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.

It may be 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.

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