Will buses in Tripura hasten the spread of coronavirus now?

After three days of continuous protest from the bus owners syndicate, the government has allowed the organisation to resume its services with full seating capacity.

While the deadly corona virus continues to spread its tentacles, the Tripura Government is moving like a headless chicken. It seems completely directionless and rudderless in controlling the spread of the virus. The High Court of Tripura has recently urged the state government to reiterate the need for maintaining social distance and wearing face masks. On the other hand, after three days of continuous protest from the bus owners syndicate, the government has allowed the organisation to resume its services with full seating capacity.
Yesterday, the State Transport Minister, Pranajit Singha Roy said that for the last three days the bus service had stopped in some of the places. The bus owners had complained of huge losses while operating their service by maintaining social distancing. "We have come to a conclusion that the bus service would be allowed to operate in full seating capacity. The passengers would have to compulsorily wear faces masks," Singha Roy told media yesterday.
The bus owners' organisation has sent a memorandum to the transport department demanding a revised fare chart
He also added that a memorandum from the organization demanding a revised fare chart (citing huge losses during the past six months) has already been sent to the transport department. "We have received their demands. However to revise the fare we would require sometime. A committee would be formed to study the market situation and submit its report with recommendations. The fare would be increased only after the cabinet passes the recommendations and revised fare chart", Singha Roy informed.
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Speaking further, he said that during the past few months the Tripura Government has adhered to the guidelines issued by the Central Government in terms of maintaining social distancing within public transport modes. The government had also strictly mandated the bus operators not to increase the fare of the passengers and punitive action was initiated against violators.
Singha Roy mentioned that flight services in the initial days of the pandemic had kept the middle seat empty. However, later they started operating in full seat capacity.



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