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Public transport in Shillong awaits much-needed overhaul

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SHILLONG, April 15: While the world has progressed with efficient public transportation systems, Shillong’s capital lags behind with its outdated system lasting for decades. Post-election, there are plans to overhaul Shillong’s public transport, promising a faster and more efficient system.
East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner SC Sadhu acknowledged the antiquity of Shillong’s public transport system but refrained from disclosing detailed plans due to the model code of conduct, indicating changes will occur after the Lok Sabha elections.
Additionally, despite the government’s announcement two years prior, Shillong still awaits the introduction of electric vehicles, contrasting with Assam’s Smart City project successfully employing electric buses.
Meanwhile, worsening traffic in Shillong calls for concern from the district administration, while the anticipated collaboration with the police and Transport department aims to implement more one-way zones to alleviate congestion.
Encouraging the populace to opt for public transport over private vehicles, particularly students and office-goers, could mitigate the issue.
Despite the convenience of app-based services like Ola and Uber, Shillong heavily relies on local taxis, where issues of overcrowding and arbitrary fares persist.

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