Kolkata, May 26 UNI | 2 months ago

In a huge boost to the transport sector in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today flagged off a fleet of 30 new AC Volvo buses.

While addressing media, Ms Banerjee said in the near future more buses and taxis will be added to the existing fleet and that would boost the transport sector. She also laid stress on water and air transport.

Ms Banerjee said infrastructure for helicopter services as well as ferries will be developed.

"Thirty new AC buses will ply on the roads of Kolkata from today. Around 800 new buses will be included into the fleet of government buses within a few more months. We are aware of the shortage in the number of buses compared to the number of commuters. This move will help people in Kolkata and rural Bengal," she said.

Chief Minister said, "We want more people to come forward invest in the transport sector in the state. We want to develop the water-transport as well. 6 new ferries have already been included in the fleet. We are also focussing on air-transport service including helicopter service."

"We have very little money. We are trying to operate our projects at low cost, with positive thinking and constructive attitude. We have given licenses to 4000 AC taxis. We have to increase the number to 10000. We must serve Kolkata and adjacent areas. It must be remembered that we are working for the public and we should serve them well," Ms Banerjee added.

(Posted on 27-05-2014)