The fresh set of SOP issued by the Assam government has given complete relaxation to inter-district and inter-state travels. It has been strictly ordered that the buses can carry 100% capacity of people but cannot accommodate extra people who will be standing and travelling. The new set of SOP will prevail till 30 September 2021.
Vaccination of every driver and handyman has also been made mandatory. Wearing masks and use of sanitisers are also made mandatory. The license along with the registration will be cancelled in case of violation of these norms. On the other side, a few sections of people are also unhappy with the increase of the travel charges in the buses.
The license along with the registration will be cancelled in case of violation of these norms. On the other side, a few sections of people are also unhappy with the increase of the travel charges in the buses.In the context of the newly issued regulation, Fit Northeast approached Mr Abhijit Das, who is the owner of a few private buses which ply inter-district. Das had to say that since the last lockdown as the inter-district services were closed, everyone who has been associated with such a service had to face loss.
He added that the opening of these services was a relief but as there is a slight hike in the bus fares people even hesitate to pay that price. "When I planned a trip from Dibrugarh to Jorhat the other day, we did not get even a single passenger. So we had to drop the trip", he added. As per the issue of vaccination was concerned, it was mentioned that he has already vaccinated his staff.
To take an opinion from the traveller's point of view, Fit Northeast approached Dr Emon Barua. Dr Barua is an Assistant Professor at a government college in Golaghat and travels to Guwahati regularly. Regarding this, he had to say that in the earlier times the overnight journey to Golaghat from Guwahati cost him Rs 400 in the basic night super but now if the Government raises the price of the tickets, the same tickets will be costing up to Rs 600. He even added that if the price rises, life will be very difficult for those people who regularly have to travel to nearby areas like Nagaon or Mongoldoi and back to Guwahati.