May 7, 2020 The Tamil Nadu Government has decided to resume public transport bus services from May 18 when the third phase of lock down comes to an end on May 17. As the Covid pandemic is far from under control, it will run buses with only 50 per cent occupancy.
For the past nearly two months, all bus services remain suspended-- metropolitan, inter-district, long-distance and inter-State services.
Principal Secretary in the Transport Department for Tamil Nadu, Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, in a circular to all 18 State-owned public transport corporations, asked them to be ready to operate services with 50 per cent occupancy.
In a series of instructions, he has said bus and conductors should wear masks and gloves and should have hand sanitisers. After every trip, the bus and the conductor should be tested for fever.
Seats should be marked to ensure social distancing. Likewise, buses should not be overcrowded and passengers should be able to keep six feet distance .
All passengers should wear masks. Those without masks should not be allowed to board buses. Queue should be observed even while boarding the bus.
Yadav also said air-conditioned buses should not be operated. Even in other buses, windows should be kept open.
To minimise human interaction, he also suggested that passengers should be encouraged to buy monthly passes. Likewise, they should also be allowed to buy tickets through Google Pay and EBay online portals .
Transport officials said the circular had listed 25 points to be followed . They said buses would obviously not be run in hotspots and containment zones. ”We are ready to run buses any time after May 17, when the extended lockdown comes to an end”, they said.