The ASTC buses will shuttle in and around the city till 3 am on all days of the Durga Puja festival, announced The Assam State Transport Corporation.
ASTC managing director Anand Prakash Tiwari said 250 vehicles will shuttle in the city on all days of the festival. “To make the Puja smoother for the people in and around the city, we have decided to run the bus service till 3 am in the morning. Besides, there will be 150 buses from sub-urban areas coming to the city,” said Tiwari.
There will be around 1300 buses under ASTC in service across the state on all days of the festival, he added. “We will follow the guidelines set by the traffic department in the city. Our buses will travel on all the routes,” Tiwari said.
With around, The ASTC’s decision to extend bus service amid half of the city’s application-based cabs threatening of keeping their cars off the road during the Puja in protest against the absence of a taxi fare hike has brought relief to many.
“If there is no proper transportation facilitated by the district administration, we will have a tough time. We have experienced this in the past. To have public transport system running till late hours will be helpful,” said a city resident.
Virendra Mittal said the district administration and traffic department have arranged for smooth traffic management so that revelers do not face any trouble.