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Delhi passengers can travel on all seats of buses from November 1: Gahlot

Amid a spike in Covid cases, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said passengers can travel on all seats of public buses from Nov 1, and cautioned that travellers will have to wear face masks

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Delhi Transport & Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot during a election campaign rally before filing his nomination for the upcoming State Assembly elections, at Najafgarh in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
Delhi Transport & Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot | Photo: PTI

Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, Transport Minister on Saturday said passengers can travel on all seats of public transport buses from November 1, and cautioned that travellers will have to wear face masks and maintain physical distancing.

Gahlot, however, said no passengers will be allowed to travel in standing position.

With the rise in number of COVID-19 cases, government had in May fixed the number of maximum passenger in Transport Corporation (DTC) and Cluster scheme buses to 20.

Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who is the chairman of Delhi Diaster Management Authority (DDMA) recently gave approval to Delhi government's proposal to run the public transport buses with full seating capacity.

In a tweet, Gahlot said bus travellers will require to wear face masks and appealed to people to observe proper physical distancing in view of the COVID-19 threat.

"The passengers can travel on all the seats of buses from tomorrow. No passenger, however, will be allowed to travel in standing position. Wearing mask is compulsory and I appeal to all the travellers to maintain social distance to check the spread of Corona virus," Gahlot tweeted.

With the opening of various economic activities and government and private establishments in the city, people were forced to wait in long queues often at crowded bus stands, due to restricted number of passengers in buses.

The number of DTC and Cluster buses seat up to 40 passengers. There are around 3,800 buses run by the DTC and over 2,600 run under Cluster scheme of Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System.

The DDMA chairman had also approved the proposal of the Transport department to resume inter-state bus service.

The inter-state bus services was stopped after the imposition of lockdown in March, resulting in shutting down of inter-state bus terminals at Anand Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan and Kashmiri Gate.

The Transport department is preparing a standard operating procedure for opening the inter state bus services. It is expected to begin next week, officials said.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Sat, October 31 2020. 19:56 IST
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