While the nation came to a halt with the Corona lockdown, all the public transport mediums including Indian Railways paused their services contributing to the centre’s plans to contain the outbreak. With the Modi-led government deciding to relax the lockdown from May 17 after a series of lockdown extensions, things eased up for Indian Railways and now RTC which is reportedly in plans to run services from May 18th.
However, RTC in the line Indian Railways will have certain guidelines and major changes post the lockdown relaxation on May 17th. According to the sources, RTC has already come up with an action plan to reduce the chances of spread while ferrying the citizen. Putting the conductor system on hold and going 100% online for tickets are reportedly the two major changes RTC palled to make post the lockdown.
In the line of the decision taken, passengers either have to take tickets online or pick it up at the driver which would help RTC to run the services with minimum staff. It was also learnt that RTC will shift to cashless transactions to encourage minimal contact. Same like Indian railways, RTC as well is said to make mask compulsory all along the journey while ‘one passenger per three seats’ will stand applicable. Buses will be thoroughly sanitised and the passengers will be thermal checked at the departure points.