In a bid to improve the road connectivity from North 24 Parganas to different parts of the state, a bus terminus will be set up in Barasat, said the state Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari.
He was speaking in a programme at Habra in which he inaugurated eight new routes including Habra-Digha and Habra-Garia.
Adhikari said like all other parts of the state, a lot of development work has also been undertaken in North 24 Parganas to let people avail a better transport facility.
“The erstwhile government had almost ruined the transport system in the state. With the change of guard in the state, several steps were taken under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to revive the transport system and the effort is on to let people get better facilities without facing any inconvenience,” he said.
He said that an integrated board of the three transport corporations - Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC), Calcutta Tramways Company (CTC) and West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) - has been formed and named as West Bengal Transport Corporation. Amalgamation of the corporations resulted to an increase in the income of the transport department and it is also helping in improving the service as well.
He further said that the state Transport department is taking steps to set up modern bus terminuses and at the same time, there would be smart cards that people may use to travel in a state run bus. At the same time, the Transport department is taking measures to revive the transport facilities in inland waterways.
It may be mentioned that around 275 buses including some air-conditioned ones were introduced ahead of Durga Puja. It had helped hundreds of people during the festive season and people did not face any problem in getting a bus even in wee hours in Kolkata during the Puja.
The inauguration of the new-bus routes and the buses from Habra on Tuesday would help the residents of the area a lot.
They would be getting more buses to reach their destinations and people would no more have to come to the city or its adjacent areas to get buses to reach places like Asansol and Digha.