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Lower occupancy in RTC buses in Vizag amid a raging pandemic


Amid the raging pandemic like Covid-19, the AP Road Transport Corporation buses are witnessing a steady drop of occupancy. In view, authorities of APSRTC are considering stricter hygiene interventions to rebuild confidence among passengers and ensure that their journey towards various destinations is safe.

Towards this end, measures are in place to make the travel clean and hygiene for the passengers. Strict interventions like sanitizing the bus twice a day, displaying boards to wear masks and maintain social distance, sticking pamphlets that list safety protocols and announcing measures through mics.

Speaking to Hello Vizag, Chief Traffic Manager, Dwaraka bus station, K. Venkata Rao, explained that more than 1000 buses are being operated across the district on a regular basis and in the months of January and February, the RTC buses registered 70 percent occupancy. But with a spike in covid cases in recent weeks, the occupancy has fallen below 50 percent. With safety precautions in every RTC bus, we want to push target to 60 percent,” he added.

The wearing of masks is mandatory to board the bus or else they will be barred. With rising positive cases in Vizag, most of the people are putting off their travel plans unless it is inevitable. Another important reason for the consistent drop in the occupancy level is the easy accessibility of private cabs and auto-rickshaws. Nonetheless, with the improvised safety protocols in place, the authorities concerned are hopeful that the occupancy rate is going to register a rise in the coming days.

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