Autos on in TN
Tamil Nadu

Autos on in TN

S Murari

Tamil Nadu,May 22 2020 : The Tamil Nadu Government announced on Friday that auto-rickshaws and cycle rickshaws will be allowed to ply across the State except in Chennai, from Saturday.It said they should carry only one passenger and it should be sanitised three times a day. The driver should wear a face mask and wash his hands frequently.The passengers should also wear masks.The Government said the vehicles would be allowed to ply from 7 in the morning till 7 in the night.Chennai has been excluded as it is in a red zone with over 7,000 Covid cases and the number is rising rapidly.The Government said autos and cycle rickshaws will not be allowed in containment zones in other districts alsoThe decision followed the resumption of flights by the Centre. This forced the hands of the Tamil Nadu Government as it will be accused of elitism as autos have been taken off the roads for the two months following a series of lockdowns.As livelihood assistance the Government had given Rs 2000 to each auto driver for the two months plus free ration and subsidised food in Amma canteens and community kitchens.Auto drivers however said the Government should give more relief than mere subsistence allowance or allow them to resume work.Even now buses are off the road in cities and towns and long- distance services are not likely to resume in near future though the railways plan to run trains from June 1.

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