Kohima: Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Orenthung Lotha flagged off the new NST bus service from Wokha to New Riphyim on Friday at Nagaland State Transport office premise Wokha.
Flagging off the new bus the Deputy Commissioner said through the introduction of new bus service the transportation problem faced by the people in the area will be reduced to a great extent not only for the citizens of New Riphyim but the entire range of people which consists of around six villages.
The DC stated that the government is providing social service to the people through this new public transport system to ease the problems faced by the people and urged the area people to use the service with a sense of responsibility for long term benefit.
Lotha also thanked the initiative of Dy Chief Minister, Minister for Home and R&B, Yanthungo Patton and other officials involved for providing the much-needed service for the benefit of the people. The DC also particularly thanked the department of NST for helping and providing service during the pandemic in transporting stranded passengers.
Divisional Manager NST, Konia, Visio Yepthomi who also spoke during the programme said the district has achieved another development by adding one more new bus service, where he urged the area public to take proper care of the vehicle and use it judiciously also appealed to look into the welfare of the drivers and conductors manning the vehicle. He further called upon all to extend co-operation to the department so that the department can also give back the service required by the people.
The village authorities on behalf of the citizens of New Riphyim and Old Riphyim especially thanked Dy. Chief Minister Y. Patton, Transport Minister Paiwang Konyak and General Manager Nagaland State Transport for providing the 32 sitter bus and fulfilling the much-needed service to people.
The Nagaland State Transport department is introducing the new 32 sitter bus service from Wokha to New Riphyim for the convenience of travellers with affordable means of transportation. The new route will cover a distance of 22 KM and operate with service NO.519 Up from Wokha and service NO.520 Down from New Riphyim. The service will commence on 20th November 2020.
Divisional Manager NST, Kohima, Yepthomi also informed that 50% of the sitting capacity will only be allotted/ used keeping in view of the pandemic crisis at the same time the fare rate is also at fixed @ Rs. 60/- but the fare will be reduced to 40 rupees during normal times. The bus will ply on daily basis for two trips per day.
Rev. Abemo Jungio Pastor, Wokha Town Baptist Church, offered the dedicatory prayer for the new bus.