STEMS all set to launch bus service for students in Laitumkhrah, Dhankheti area

HYC slams Govt for spending over Rs 4 crore on non-performing bodies

SHILLONG, MAY 3: The Sustainable Transport and Efficient Mobility Society (STEMS), a society created by the government of Meghalaya, will soon launch its bus services for students of selected schools in and around the Laitumkhrah, Dhankheti area.

The aim is to address issues pertaining to urban congestion. A detailed survey and feasibility study have also been conducted before implementing the bus services on a pilot phase.

In this regard, STEMS has procured 30 GPS-enabled buses having modern features such as CCTV cameras, live location tracking, a mobile application for seat booking and payment, a bus management platform, assured seats and customer care support, STEMS chief executive office Iswanda Laloo said in a statement issued here on Wednesday

She informed that in the pilot phase, only 900 seats are available for the STEMS Bus Service. The bus routes and the selection of students for the pilot phase will be done after the registration process is completed and will be based on the demand obtained.

Laloo said the buses will be run by a dedicated operations team under STEMS consisting of trained supervisors and drivers, while, for ensuring the safety of the enrolled students, trained and child-friendly caretakers have been assigned for each bus.

Several rounds of consultations with parents, schools and local headmen have been held and various government departments are actively involved in the implementation of the project.

With the introduction of this service, it is aimed to gradually reduce the heavy reliance on private vehicles as a mode of transportation which is found to be inefficient and is one of the major causes of congestion in the capital city especially during peak hours.

The registration for seats in the STEMS Buses through the mobile application, STEMS Meghalaya is now open.

Interested parents may download the mobile application which is now live on the Google Play Store and proceed for registering their children/wards.

The manual for step-by-step registration has been upload on for reference and will also be circulated to parents through the school authorities. The app will also shortly be available on the iOS App Store.

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Basaiawmoit resigns as PDF VP in protest against merger move

HYC slams Govt for spending over Rs 4 crore on non-performing bodies

SHILLONG, MAY 3: Vice president of the People Democratic Front (PDF) James Ban Basaiawmoit on Wednesday tendered his resignation as a mark of protest against the move to merge with the National People’s Party (NPP).

Basaiawmoit handed over his resignation letter to PDF president Gavin M Mylliem. This came after a merger decision was announced by NPP national president and chief minister Conrad K Sangma during his campaigning in Sohiong constituency.

Speaking to media persons, Basaiawmoit said he decided to quit the party as a mark of protest against the decision of the two MLAs to merge with the NPP and to dissolve the PDF.

When asked, the former Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah MDC said that as per information received by him, all CEC members have decided to merge with the NPP with an aim to dissolve the PDF. “However, personally I am against this decision and I will not agree with this decision,” he said.

Earlier, Conrad K Sangma had announced that the PDF will merge with the NPP on May 6.

“Today, the PDF held its central executive meeting, in which it was decided that the PDF as a party will merge with the NPP along with all their MLAs and party leaders at a programme in Shillong on May 6,” he said.

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Drug supplier arrested from city, 218 gms of heroin seized

3 drug peddlers in police net

SHILLONG, MAY 3: A drug supplier was arrested along with a huge cache of heroin in the city on Wednesday morning.

The accused was nabbed by the Anti-Narcotic Task Force (ANTF) East Khasi Hills at Fire Brigade when he was attempting to hand over narcotics to drug users, police said.

From his possession, 5 soap cases containing heroin weighing 68.08gms. A scooty bearing registration number ML 05 Q 1031, 1 mobile phone and 1 driving license were also seized.

A case has been registered under the NDPS Act.

Further, the ANTF recovered another 10.78gms of heroin at Demthring in the house of the accused, police said.

He also led the ANTF team to his suppliers where a raid was conducted in their house at Demthring (both husband and wife) which led to the recovery of 10 soap cases containing heroin weighing 140.02 gms and several other incriminating items taking the total seizure of heroin today to 218.88gms, they said.

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