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Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has urged the commissionerate of transport, Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) to work on certain things so that it can be a profitable entity in the next five years.

Reviewing a meeting of ASTC and inland water transport which is under the department of transport on June 27, the CM advised the department to prepare a vision plan for ASTC to make it a profitable entity in next five years and carry out asset monetisation exercise at the earliest.

The CM after taking stock of the activities of ASTC asked the officials to examine the operational system of the public transport operator for streamlining its functioning. He directed the department to facilitate a better environment for the operation of more private operator buses (POBs) under ASTC besides increasing involvement of its own buses in oil PSUs to give a major push to its revenue generation, said a press release issued by the CM office.

Apart from that, Sarma also directed the transport department to maintain a close watch on the movement of overloaded coal trucks to check the loss of government revenue. He also asked to identify road tax defaulters and speed up fine realisation.

Besides, he instructed the department to moot up a plan for a ‘driving and soft skill training’ of 5000 youths across Assam.

On the activities of Inland Water Transport (IWT), the CM directed to reorient the functioning of IWT directorate with a special focus on cargo and cruise movement. He asked the officials to explore the feasibility for the joint venture by IWT and tourism department and take steps for the operation of cruise service over Brahmaputra from Guwahati to Kaziranga national park catering to the needs of domestic tourists.

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