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ISBTs in Delhi re-open to 50 per cent of their pre-Covid capacity, witness thin crowd on first day of resumption of services – travel

The three ISBTs which resumed services in New Delhi after a niche of practically seven months due to Covid-19 pandemic noticed a small crowd of passengers and lesser quantity of buses on Tuesday.

The Delhi authorities had on Monday introduced resumption of the inter-state bus services from November 3 by permitting the three ISBTs to function at 50 per cent of their pre-Covid capability.

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot stated on the first day of opening of inter-state services, 542 buses from the neighbouring states arrived on the ISBTs by 6 pm.

“The operations at the three ISBTs, specially implementation of safety measures against Covid-19, were smooth although the rush of passengers was less,” he stated.

Anand Vihar (*50*) State Bus Terminal (ISBT) obtained 257 buses adopted by Kashmiri Gate (242) and Saray Kale Khan (43) buses, the minister stated.

A senior official of the transport division stated the quantity of buses and passengers are anticipated to rise manifold in coming days for which preparations have been however in place.

“The number of buses arrived at ISBTs from Haryana, Uttarkhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and other states on Tuesday was just about 20 per cent of the usual traffic in pre-Covid times,” he stated.

The three ISBTs used to cater to every day 3,500 journeys of inter-state buses from UP, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarkhand and different states, and a pair of,000 journeys of native buses, earlier than they had been shut down due to lockdown to examine unfold of Covid-19 in March.

Meanwhile, the buses had been sanitised on the ISBTs and thermal scanning of passengers and bus crew was additionally performed, officers stated.

Use of face masks was strictly enforced on the ISBT premises and no passenger travelling standing was allowed in the buses. Social distancing was ensured on the bottom, at boarding time in addition to contained in the buses by markings, they stated.

In addition to these measures, testing camps for fast and RT-PCR assessments have additionally been arrange on the ISBTs to cope with asymptomatic passengers recognized by thermal screening.

Regular bulletins and sensitisation of passengers about Covid-19 precautions by audio-visible communication was additionally being undertaken, they added.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content. Only the headline has been modified.)

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