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Where have all the city buses re-launched by Chief Minister gone?

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Chief Minister N. Biren Singh gets attention of the mass in his first 100 days of governance after he introduced and revived many welfare programme of the people. One among the many good deeds taken up in his first hundred days was the revival of the public transport system christen as Manipur State Transport on June 25 last year by re-launching the city bus service provided under JNRUM.
The re-launching of the city buses gave hopes to the people and people of those days celebrated the occasion thinking that a new visionary leader has come to save the state. JNURM was first introduced during the time of Congress government but failed for reason best known to the authority. There are buses run by private bodies and are still seen on service of the people. But the inter-district buses as well as the city buses launches with much enthusiasm by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh is no where seen today.
Except for the Moreh Imphal Route and some inter district service that too only sometime, no other MST buses of both inter district as well as the city buses service are seen today.
The question is why? Why the public transport system introduced by the government failed time and again? If government authority who have been paid salary from tax collected from the common people could not sort out the reason for the failure and try another method to make the government programme successful, what is the use of keeping them as government machineries. It is more waste of many if bureaucrats fail to implement the policy programme of the government.
The bureaucrats had already experienced the failure of city bus service and they had many time gave logical reply on why it has been failed. But as of now no bureaucrats had ever prepare a policy programme with in-depth study on how to make the government transport service a ‘success’.
When one bus owner can double their transport in one or two year of hard work, one surprises on why the 12 plus low floor buses which is more comfortable than those owned by private individuals lost money. Something insincerity among those government authority particularly the state Transport department is easily notice.
City Bus service is one hope to decrease the traffic chaos, and every city have bus service and are reportedly successful. Why the Manipur government cannot make the Manipur state Transport service successful need to be pondered by the present government.
Privatization which is against the ideology of this newspaper sometime felt that the City bus service as well as the inter-district bus service should be handed over to some private body who had full experience in the running of transport business.
As notice by general public, most of the buses are seen lying in the MST campus at Moirankhom. Let the buses be hand over to some well experience public company or entrepreneur to make sure that the transport department could get some income besides giving opportunity to the company to earn and employed some unemployed people of the state.

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