Shillong, Sept 23: Newly-appointed Transport Minister, Dasakhiatbha Lamare has expressed confidence that the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Mawiong would be made operational within December this year.
The much-hyped ISBT has remained cocooned even after two months of its inauguration by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in July.
The Minister on Wednesday told reporters that the PWD (Roads) has already handed over the project to the department but some paper works have not been completed. “After that, we will issue tender for operations of canteens, stalls and accommodation facilities,” Lamare said.
When asked about the operation of buses from the ISBT, he made it clear that the government would operate the ISBT and there was no plan to hand over the operations to any private firm.
Asked if the project is fully completed, the Minister said the physical progress of the project is around 98 percent.
“There are some minor electrification work and some minor work in the kitchen areas of the canteens and these minor works will be completed within two weeks,” he informed while adding that he would visit the site for inspection and hold consultations with the department on how to make the project operational at the earliest.