Vijayawada, May 21 : Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) on Thursday resumed its bus services after a gap of 61 days by taking all preventive measures. The buses started coming out from stations in various cities including Vijayawada, Eluru, Rajahmundry, Visakhapatnam, Guntur and Nellore.
Those who booked tickets in advance through online mode were allowed to board the buses. One seat was removed in some buses to maintain physical distance while one seat was left empty in some other buses. Officials said initially the RTC buses will ply from one station to another station without a stoppage in the middle. The passengers were asked to wash their hands with sanitizers and sport face masks before boarding the buses. Large number of passengers were seen in queues in the bus stations. The passengers were screened with a thermo scanner before being allowed to board the buses. APSRTC resumed bus services in 436 routes and 1683 buses started plying on the first day, officials said. It has more than 12,000 buses across the state and 17 percent of the total buses started playing today, officials added.
The APSRTC suspended its services on March 22 due to Janata Curfew followed by Coronavirus lockdown. Talking to the media in Eluru, Regional Manager Veeramaiah Chowdary said after taking all precautionary measures the Palle Velugu bus services in some selected routes were resumed. He said that steps were taken to maintain physical distance and sporting face masks and added that the mobile numbers and Aadhaar numbers of passengers were taken to maintain data. Mr Chowdary said that 131 buses were plying to various destinations from Eluru. (UNI)