NST bus service to resume on Oct 29

DIMAPUR, OCT 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/23/2020 12:35:26 PM IST

Nagaland State Transport (NST) department has informed that bus services would resume on October 29, 2020 by strictly following the standard operating procedure (SOP) and maintaining social distancing of 50% seating capacity.

In a circular, NST general manager, Atovi Kiba Sema stated that the passengers in all passenger buses including city buses should sit on alternate seats and there should always be a vacant seat between two adjacent passengers sitting. The general manager informed that no standing passengers would be allowed to travel.

NST has also made it mandatory for all passengers, drivers and conductors to wear masks. It stated that driver/conductor should make mandatory provision of hand sanitisers for use by the passengers. 

Only those passengers wearing masks would be allowed to travel. 

The department also stated that all long and short distance travel buses must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before the start of every fresh journey with new passengers.

Further, all bona fide passengers must mandatorily undergo thermal screening test prior to embarking into the bus and in the event of detection of any passenger with high temperature they would not be allowed to travel.

The bus driver and conductor have been asked to mandatorily carry appropriate disinfectants and periodically disinfect frequently touched surfaces of the vehicle such as doors and window handles, seats, overhead hand grips, etc.

The department has directed the driver and conductor not to assemble or gather in groups at bus stands.

Meanwhile, the department has instructed all station officers to workout fare ticket of respective station with multiplier of Rs. 2.61 per seat per km and rounded off to nearest 10 rupees till the COVID-19 SOP guidelines were lifted by the government. (Example (a) 74km x 2.61 = Rs. 193.14 rounded off to Rs. 190, example (B) 328Km x 2.61 = 856.08 rounded off to Rs. 860)


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