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COVID-19: Odisha Govt Bus Services To Resume From Monday

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) on Saturday announced that it will resume bus operations on 66 routes across the State from Monday (June 8).

“We are resuming regular service with 96 buses connecting 22 towns in the state. We will keep adding more number of buses and routes over a period of time,” said OSRTC CMD Arun Bothra.

He said that in accordance with policy and direction of the State government, 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 work load is reducing and there is demand of regular bus service from several districts, the OSRTC is resuming its regular operations,” Bothra said.

He further informed that no standing passengers will be allowed to travel in buses. Wearing of mask will be compulsory for all the commuters. No one will be allowed to board the bus without a mask.

“In larger public interest we are asking people not to travel unless it is necessary and maintain social distancing. It is in their own interest they should not crowd the buses”, said Bothra.

Additional cleaning measures have been put in place to disinfect all the buses, he added.

(Edited by Bikram Jena)

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