ASTC donates AC bus for Assam’s cancer patients in Mumbai

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GUWAHATI:

The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has donated a fully air-conditioned Bharat Benz bus for transporting cancer patients from Assam Bhawan, Mumbai to Tata Memorial Hospital and other cancer treatment centres in Mumbai.

The move comes in the wake of the announcement made by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during the flagging off programme of 20 Bharat Benz buses here on November 6.

In view of the large number of cancer patients from the state visiting Mumbai for advanced oncological treatment, Sonowal had asked the ASTC to start a bus service in Mumbai for facilitating their conveyance from Assam Bhawan to hospitals and treatment centres.

ASTC chairman Ashok Kumar Bhattarai inaugurated the bus service on December 9 in the presence of the members of the Assam Association, led by its president Jyotirmoy Das, and cancer patients undergoing treatment along with the officers and staff of Assam Bhawan, Mumbai.

The service will be free of cost and maintained and sponsored by Deepsikha Foundation, a non-profit voluntary organisation which works only for the care of cancer patients of the Northeastern region.