People can avail ASTC bus service without e-pass for inter-district journey


Guwahati:  To a big relief, people of Assam can travel from one part of the state to another from coming Monday (May 4) by availing ASTC bus service.

While addressing a press meet on Saturday here in Guwahati, Assam Health and Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that people can avail regular ASTC bus services to travel from one part of Assam to another from May 4.

Dr. Sarma also added that no e-pass will be required for inter-district journey.  

The state Government will clarify tomorrow whether movement from orange zones within the state will be allowed in ASTC buses or not.

The minister also said that the inter-state border of Assam with all the Northeastern states accept Sikkim will be open from tomorrow.

The borders will remain open only for the people belonging to Assam. Adequate testing arrangements have been made for the screening of the passengers along the border, minister Sarma added.

Earlier the Assam Government had allowed inter-district movement for stranded people of Assam on 25, 26 and 27 April and then later extended it till May 2.

People were asked to book tickets through helpline number ‘104’. Later five Whatsapp numbers were released to help the stranded people. Along with the WhatsApp numbers Government also released a toll-free number for the travelers assistance, the number is ‘18003453986’. The travelers can call and get necessary updates from the toll-free number.

A total of 12,600 people were moved on the first day.

In Guwahati, the Paltan Bazar bus stand, Machkhowa, ISBT (inter-state bus terminus) and Adabari have been fixed as the designated boarding points, while in other districts, the boarding point will be the ASTC bus stations at district headquarters.

Meanwhile, more than 200 ASTC buses have been deployed across the State for the assistance of various departments including – police and health departments.