New Delhi: The commuters in Delhi can heave a sigh of relief as the interstate bus services were resumed on Tuesday. All the three interstate bus terminals (ISBTs) were reopened after a long gap of seven months.
The ISBTs were closed after the nationwide lockdown was imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the number of buses arriving from other states will be capped at 50 per cent of pre-coronavirus times.
Till 9.30 am on Tuesday, 145 buses with 5,800 passengers arrived in Delhi from neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.
Earlier on Monday, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot reviewed the preparations made ahead of the resumption of interstate services. He had also directed the officials to ensure strict compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs).
As per the guidelines issued by the Delhi government, all the buses will be sanitised at the depots of operators at the point of origin.
Thermal checking of passengers and bus crew are mandatory at the time of entry into the ISBTs. Passengers will have to wear face masks.
Social distancing will be followed both at the ground and inside the buses.