Finally, Imphal’s ISBT (Inter-State Bus Terminal) became operational after five years of inauguration by then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
To mark the occasion, State education and transport minister Kh Ratan flagged-off an inter-state passenger bus. The ISBT in Imphal’s Khuman was among some important projects implemented by the Okram Ibobi Singh led Congress government which was inaugurated ahead of the January 28, 2012 general elections to the Manipur Legislative Assembly.
The then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh inaugurated the ISBT and some other projects like the City Convention Centre at Palace Compound in the presence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on December 3, 2011.
The complex remained abandon for a long time without completing various components including the main entrance gates. However, with the completion of the components, Minister Kh Ratan today flagged off a passenger bus from the complex marking the functioning of the ISBT.
‘The Inter-State Bus Terminal could not be made functional due to various reason’, the transport minister said after flagging off the bus. However, the minister failed to cite the reason on why the complex was left abandoned for so long time and what made this long delay.