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Private buses in the state can be operational at 100 per cent capacity

Earlier, these buses were allowed to carry passengers only at 50 per cent capacity, however, now that permission has been granted, the drivers and owners of private vehicles can breathe a sigh of relief.

Private buses in the state can be operational at 100 per cent capacity
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The state government of Maharashtra has permitted activities and businesses to resume under the new unlock 5.0 guidelines, however, this is applicable only if the strict guidelines are followed. Over the last few months, Mumbai's BEST and state transport buses have been operational across the city, but with an increasing number of passengers, even private buses have become functional, and this has come as a relief to commuters.

Observing the increase in travellers, the ST corporation, a few days ago, demanded the government to allow 100 per cent passenger capacity, on a daily basis. This was approved by the government, and following this, a similar decision has been given to the private bus operators as well, where a vehicle can be operational at 100 per cent capacity.

Earlier, these buses were allowed to carry passengers only at 50 per cent capacity, however, now that permission has been granted, the drivers and owners of private vehicles can breathe a sigh of relief.

Meanwhile, these buses will also have to abide by the rules of COVID19, which are as followed, issued by the government.

  • Buses to be cleaned and sanitised after every round
  • Mandatory sanitisation and sterilization procedures to be followed.
  • Passengers should not be allowed on the bus unless they are wearing a mask.
  • Placing sanitizers at the bus entrance.
  • Extra masks should be kept in the bus for passenger use, if necessary

While these services add a lot of value for commuters, several citizens staying away from their offices, have demanded the Mumbai Local Train services resume. Protests were staged last months at a few railway stations, where the general public demanded that the government should allow people to travel by trains. These, as per current guidelines, are being used only by the selected employees of essential services.

However, commuters have complained about the crowd during the peak hours, observing which the government has asked railway authorities to increase services in MMR. Besides this, CM Uddhav Thackeray-led government has also permitted Dabbawalas to use the train, as this has been a preferred mode of transport for their services and business, for several decades. 

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