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Tamil Nadu: Buses back on roads, but coronavirus scare keeps commuters away | Chennai News

A TNSTC bus plies in Coimbatore after more than two months

CHENNAI: The state transport corporations on Monday resumed bus services after 68 days, albeit with low occupancy amid the virus scare. While the crew wore gloves and masks, passengers were subjected to thermal screening, made to sit a seat away from one another, and mandated to wear masks and clean hands using sanitizers.
The transport department arranged 5,659 buses in rural, urban and hill areas.
“The state is making efforts to introduce cashless ticketing. The QR code-based ticketing has been introduced on a trial basis in two buses on the Secretariat route. The existing fare will remain and services disrupted owing to border issues in Kanyakumari will resume from Tuesday,” transport minister M R Vijayabaskar said.
The poor occupancy had TNSTC Coimbatore operating 992 buses as against the plan to run 1,019 services. The corporation reduced the number of trips. In Trichy, except for buses bound for Thanjavur and Nagapattinam, other services had low occupancy. But some welcomed the resumption of services. “Restarting buses from Trichy to Thanjavur will help several inter-district workers like me. Though there is a fear about the virus, we will have to move on,” M Subramanian, a worker with a fabrication unit in Thanjavur district said.
TNSTC, Villupuram, that caters to seven districts, ensured that crew had soap to wash hands at the end of every trip. Buses operated by TNSTC, Madurai, received tepid response from the public. A few routes such as Cumbum, Ramanathapuram, Dindigul and Rajapalayam had good occupancy. The Madurai corporation had thoroughly disinfected terminals at Arapalayam, Periyar and Mattuthavani well ahead of the resumption. The buses were disinfected frequently.
V Sugasundari of Karimedu in Madurai was happy that the buses were back on the road. “I could not visit my ailing mother in Palani as there was no transport. Easing the curbs has helped me now,” Sugasundari said.

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