The PRTC and Punjab Roadways resumed intra-state bus service from Wednesday. As many as 32 buses plied to various districts of Punjab from Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Interstate Bus Terminal in the city today. As many as 518 passengers travelled through these buses from the city to other districts.
On Day 1, no rush was witnessed at the bus stand. Body temperature of passengers was checked before allowing them to board any bus. The announcement about buses was made at the bus stand. However, bus service to other states from Ludhiana is yet to resume.
The station supervisor, Ludhiana bus stand, Kuljeet Singh, said 14 buses of Punjab Roadways/PUNBUS were sent to Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ferozepur, Moga, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Nawanshahr and Mohali from the city today. In all, 270 passengers travelled in these buses from Ludhiana today, he added.
Besides, 248 passengers travelled in 18 buses of the PRTC that were sent to Bathinda, Patiala, Sangrur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Barnala from Ludhiana, he said.
No passenger was available for the only bus to Nawanshahr as per the information. Only two to 10 passengers travelled in nine buses for some other districts. Meanwhile, two buses of Punjab Roadways were sent to Amritsar. Each bus ferried maximum 30 passengers.
The buses are being run with 50 per cent capacity. Moreover, buses can ferry passengers only between the originating and terminating point with no stoppage on the way.
The General Manager, Punjab Roadways, Ludhiana, Inderjeet Singh, said they were taking required preventive measures to stop the spread of coronavirus.
“Disinfectant is sprayed in buses. Before boarding, passengers undergo thermal screening, which is done by medical teams. Social distancing is ensured in buses. We have civil defense volunteers, who ensure social distancing in buses,” he added.
“Besides, we make sure that passengers and the bus staff wear masks and sanitise hands. In the evening, disinfectant is sprayed in the entire bus stand,” he said.
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