Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 5 December:
The Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) has decided to reopen some popular bus routes in Junglemahal that were suspended for many years due to the Maoist insurgency.
The transport department has entrusted the CSTC to improve transport facilities in the Maoist-hit areas on the instructions of chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The CSTC will reopen bus routes to Mukutmonipur, Belpahari, Jhargram in Bankura, Kakrajhor in West Midnapore, Ayodhya hill, Jhalda, Bandwan, Bagmundi and Raghunathpur in Purulia.
Bus services in the routes will start from January 2014. The decision to ply the buses on the routes were taken as no subversive activities were reported from the areas for the last two years, transport minister Madan Mitra said.
Many private bus operators have started running buses on these routes as they are viable. The CSTC is also examining the possibility of opening new routes in Junglemahal, officials said.