Haryana becomes first state to resume inter-district bus services on selected routes
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Haryana roadways on Friday became the first state to resume the inter-district bus services on selected routes to assist the people stranded in different parts of the state in reaching their homes.
"We were sending a lot of people to other states. Then we realised that many of our people were stuck in various districts with no means to travel. That's when we decided to start inter-district bus services," NDTV quoted Haryana police chief Manoj Yadav as saying.
Initially, the buses will ply on 29 routes from ten depots of Ambala, Bhiwani, Hisar, Kaithal, Karnal, Narnaul, Panchkula, Rewari, Rohtak and Sirsa and run on select point-to-point routes. There are 23 depots of the Roadways, which has a fleet of over 4,000 buses. Online booking and wearing masks have been made a must for passengers boarding the Haryana Roadways buses.
The bus services were resumed almost after two months when Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar imposed a lockdown in the state on March 23.
Thermal screening of passengers was done at bus terminals, their hands sanitised and it was ensured by the officials of the Haryana Roadways that passengers were wearing masks before boarding buses.
Bus terminals have been sanitised and only regular, non-air-conditioned buses were plying. To ensure that social distancing norms are strictly followed, only 30 passengers will be allowed to board the 52-seater buses.
“The buses will ply from the Haryana State Transport bus stands to the scheduled bus stands. No passenger will be allowed to board or disembark the bus on the way,” a government official said as reported by PTI.
Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar had announced on Wednesday that public transport will resume operation in the state on an "experimental basis" from Friday, with a limited number of buses plying on select routes.
(With PTI Inputs)
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