Despite Unlock 4.0 guidelines, Kasaragod collector does not allow Kerala and Karnataka SRTC to ply inter-state buses; Transport secretary says collector seeking permission when none is required.
The CRUT has also introduced digital payment option for commuters in the buses for contactless transaction during this health crisis.
The APSRTC used to operate buses for a total distance of 2.61 lakh kilometres per day in Telangana before the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, some commuters said they are worried as the TNSTC buses being operated currently are heavily crowded and social distancing has gone for a complete toss during peak hours
Alternate seats will be occupied in each bus, one person will be deployed at every bus stop to check the body temperature of those boarding the buses.
As per the AP Reorganisation Act, there is a provision that states that services can be operated without any permit.
Commuters whom The New Indian Express spoke to at CMBT said though they were concerned over the spread of COVID-19, they had no other option
However, private omni bus operators, who have been pressing for the bus fare to be doubled, maintained that the services will not be resumed citing lack of viability.
The announcement came amid complaints from the public about difficulties faced in travelling long distances within the state since the govt had only allowed intra-district bus operations from Sep 1
Considering the fact that Chennai is one of the highest revenue generating destinations for APSRTC, a plan is underway to begin operations.
Many parks visited by The New Indian Express did not follow any of the standard operating procedures released by the Revenue Department
Despite the APSRTC being willing to restart the interstate operations, there has been no response from the Telangana officials so far, Krishna Babu added.
With a fleet of over 18,000 buses and nearly one lakh workforce, MSRTC is one of the biggest state road transport corporations in the county.
Once again, the APSRTC officials consulted the TSRTC officials to resume bus services during the Unlock 3.0.
On Friday, major bus stands and depots in Villupuram, Tiruvannamalai and Salem wore a deserted look since only select city buses were operated.