KSRTC resumes short distance bus services from today

South India

Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Wednesday resumed bus services across the state during the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown.


The services are within the districts as directed by the government. 

Earlier, Kerala Chief Minister Vijayan had said that the state would be following the general lockdown conditions in total but will make certain exemptions based on the state-specific requirements.

"Public transport will be allowed within the district with 50 per cent occupancy and no standing passengers. Except in containment zones, there will be no restrictions within the district. Inter-district travel is allowed between 7 am and 7 pm. There is no need for a pass but they will have to carry an identity card. At the same time, travel to far districts would still require a pass," he had said.

"Students, family members, relatives and workers stranded before the lockdown will be allowed to travel to join their families," he had added.

According to the official report, the KSRTC is planning to regularise services after examining the demand. Passengers will be permitted to enter the bus only through the back door of the bus and they should exit through the front door

Masks are mandatory for passengers. They should maintain social distancing. Passengers are requested to sanitize their hands before entering the bus.

According to the Indian Express report, KSRTC has decided to run 200 buses in the district, including on private bus routes. Meanwhile, private buses will resume services in June

Earlier, Kerala Transport minister A K Saseendran had said that KSRTC will conduct maximum short distance, intra-district services in the state from Wednesday. But the private bus owners should decide whether they should also conduct service or not.

“They should think about the impact of their decision in this situation. The bus service was not stopped as part of a strike, but after the implementation of lockdown. The private bus owners should understand this and cooperate with the government, the minister added.

The Central government on Sunday extended the ongoing COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown till May 31, but with a set of new relaxations commencing from Monday.

Starting from March 24 midnight, India was under lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14. 

However, on April 14, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

On May 1, the Centre again extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown for two more weeks with effect from May 4 till May 17 while allowing different sets of relaxations in red, orange and green zones. On May 17, the Union Home Ministry extended the ongoing lockdown till May 31.


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