Uttarakhand News: Uttarakhand Unlock 5.0: Interstate bus services resumes after six months


Uttarakhand Unlock 5.0: Interstate bus services resumes after six months

The Uttarakhand state government has given permission to begin inter-state bus operations in the state, starting today. While doing so, the government has made clear that passengers will be accommodated according to the allowed capacity. Mr Om Prakash, Uttarakhand’s Chief Secretary issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the movement of inter-state and intra-state bus services.

The order read, “The UTC will be allowed to run inter-state buses only after establishing coordination with the transport corporations of other states. They will have to strictly follow the Covid-19 guidelines during the operation of bus services including mandatory wearing of masks by bus staffers and passengers along with thermal screening.”

The SOP mentions:

1) Every public vehicle needs to be properly sanitisatised before and after the journey, else it won’t be allowed to operate.

2) No consumption of tobacco, pan, and cigarettes on the buses.

3) Traveling while standing won’t be permitted.

4) All the passengers, conductors and drivers need to wear face masks throughout the journey.

5) Every passenger must install
Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.

The order also mentions that the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) will be allowed to operate only 100 trips each day (to and from) in the first phase. The bus fares will be decided by the State Transport Authority. Not only this, the government has also ended the order of filling 50 per cent passengers in buses and increasing the fare.

The bus services in the state have resumed nearly after six months. On Wednesday, a large number of people were seen at the Dehradun and Haridwar bus station. The buses going to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Kumaon were reported to be full with passengers.

Till now, the state government had banned transportation services to other states given the rise in the number of Coronavirus patients. Owing to the same, people from other states were facing a lot of inconvenience. From registering on the government portal and getting COVID-19 negative reports, there were several strict rules and regulations to enter the state.

But now, as India enters Unlock 5 phase, the state government has allowed inter-state operations. Uttarakhand Transport Corporation has also allowed taxis, cabs, auto-rickshaws, auto-Vikram, e-rickshaws to operate on inter-district and inter-state routes in accordance with the prescribed capacity.

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