World News – AU – Delhi ISBTs to reopen ahead of Diwali: Govt


After being closed for more than seven months, interstate bus services are expected to resume in Delhi before Diwali on November 14, senior government officials said on Monday

Resuming these services would mean that Delhi’s three Interstate Bus Terminals (ISBTs) – at Anand Vihar, Kashmere Gate and Sarai Kale Khan – will also reopen

“The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has given its approval to resume interstate buses in the city and reopen ISBTs This move will help many people, especially migrant workers, who are now trying to return to Delhi to start working We intend to open the ISBTs well before Diwali, so that people are not inconvenienced ”, said Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot

The decision was taken at a DDMA meeting on Friday October 23 chaired by Lt. Gov. Anil Baijal, and the transportation department is already preparing to issue a necessary order in this regard, a senior official said. responsible

Once operational, fewer passengers will be able to board the buses and no passengers will be allowed to stand In ISBTs, arrangements are made to disinfect buses after each trip and to thermally scan passengers Bus departures and arrivals will also be staggered to avoid overcrowding, senior transport official said

The Covid-19 test camps are currently operational in the ISBTs of Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar as they also accommodate intra-state buses, and these test camps will also be extended to the ISBT of Kashmere Gate , once it is reopened Testing will be voluntary, but symptomatic people will need to be tested, a transportation official said

In Delhi, interstate bus services were suspended on March 21 But before the pandemic began, the three ISBTs saw combined ridership of more than 250,000 people every day At least 3,467 buses from states such that Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Chandigarh would pass through these ISBTs every day

Under Unlock 10 Rules, interstate travel was allowed (as of June 8), a relaxation subject to both state approval, and passengers carrying travel cards however, neither of these requirements apply More The unlock 20 guidelines released by the Center on June 30 allowed passengers to cross state borders without a travel pass

In July, the DDMA rejected a proposal by the Delhi Department of Transport to allow the reopening of ISBTs

“States like Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan have already shown great interest in sending their public buses to our ISBTs There is a growing demand to open the service as many people had the used to travel on neighbors’ buses for medical treatment in Delhi hospitals, ”said second transport official

For a large number of office travelers, small traders and the general public – for whom traveling to Delhi for distances between 50 km and 100 km was a daily affair before the pandemic – the daily commute had become a nightmare due to lack buses because many have started cycling 40 to 50 km or even more

Government reports show transport department loses over ₹ 5 crore per month because all three ISBTs are closed The main source of revenue was once the stand fees charged for each bus entering the terminals


World News – AU – Delhi ISBTs to reopen before Diwali: Govt



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