KSRTC resumes operations of 1850 buses in Kerala, strict guidelines in place

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KSRTC resumes operations of 1850 buses in Kerala, strict guidelines in place

After lockdown 4.0 kicked in, certain relaxations were announced by the government. In such a scenario, state governments have been working on strategies on how to implement the relaxations in their states. As such, many states have resumed some mobility services, along with certain restrictions.

Now, as per the news reports, bus services have resumed in Kerala. The Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) started the bus services across the state today, after remaining in standstill for 56 days. Reportedly, Kerala Government has now cleared bus services of intra district services. And these buses will be plying on the road from 7 to 11 AM, and then again from 4 PM to 7 PM.

Strict guidelines have also been issued for people to use these bus services. People are requested to mandatorily use face masks and ensure social distancing is in place. Police will be patrolling all the bus depots to ensure the aforementioned rules are taken care of.

KSRTC resumes operations of 1850 buses in Kerala, strict guidelines in place

Also, as per the guideline, buses will be allowed to run only with 50 per cent capacity, i.e., with a maximum of 24 to 28 passengers, depending on the capacity of the bus. No standing passengers will be allowed inside the bus.

Referring to this, KSRTC stated that around 1850 buses have started plying across the state. Fares for riding these buses have also been hiked, which will be applicable to even those who have concessions.

Autorickshaws and taxis have also resumed operations in Kerala. Guidelines outlined for travelling in these modes state that a maximum of three people can travel in autos, only if they belong to the same family. Similar rule applies for taxis and private cars too regarding the limited number of passengers only.

General lockdown rules shall be followed in the state, along with certain exemptions, which will be based on state-specific requirements.

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