Bhubaneswar:6/6/20: The Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) will resume bus operations on 66 routes across the state starting Monday.
In a press statement, Arun Bothra, CMD, OSRTC said, “We are resuming regular service with 96 buses connecting 22 towns in the state. We will keep adding more buses and routes over a period of time.”
He said that in accordance with the policy and direction of the State Govt, the OSRTC has been active in helping guest workers. On requisition by District Administration buses are being provided for movement of guest workers.
“Till last week out of 440 buses operated by OSRTC, 70 % were deployed to facilitate transportation of guest workers. Now when this workload is reducing and there is the demand for regular bus service from several districts the OSRTC is resuming its regular operations,” informed Mr Arun Bothra.
He further informed that no standing passengers will be allowed to travel on buses. Wearing of masks will be compulsory for all the commuters. No one will be allowed to board the bus without a mask.
“In the larger public interest, we are asking people not to travel unless it is necessary & maintain social distancing. It is in their own interest they should not crowd the buses”, said Mr. Bothra.
Additional cleaning measures have been put in place to disinfect all the buses.