Inter and Intra state vehicles will run with 75% passenger capacity, fares will not increase

Passenger vehicles operating on inter-district and inter-state routes will be able to operate with 75 percent passenger capacity in the state.

Inter and Intra state vehicles will run with 75% passenger capacity, fares will not increase

In Uttarakhand, passenger vehicles operating on inter-district and inter-state routes will be able to operate with 75 percent passenger capacity. The fair will not increased and has been fixed by the State Transport Authority. The government has ensured this arrangement in several standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the government for the operation of vehicles in the Covid curfew. Till now, the vehicles were being operated according to the passenger carrying two-third of the total capacity.

It has also been clarified in the SOP that 75 percent of the vehicle capacity or a maximum four passengers will be able to travel in vehicles coming to Haridwar for bone immersion from other states. The operation of public service vehicles was completely affected due to the Covid curfew imposed due to Corona in the state. The government had allowed these vehicles to operate on inter-district routes with 50 percent capacity. It was also clarified that the fare would not be increased at all during this period.

Vehicle owners were opposing it. They said that half the ride and the old fare does not even cover the cost of driving the vehicle. Due to this, the owners almost stopped the operation of vehicles. During this period only the Transport Corporation continued to operate the buses. The government has now started giving some relaxation in vehicle operation due to less cases of corona infection. Now public vehicles have been allowed to run at 75 percent passenger capacity. According to the order issued by Secretary Transport Dr. Ranjit Kumar Sinha, the vehicles will be operated according to the standards issued by the government regarding Corona.

During the journey, complete compliance of the Covid guidelines has to be ensured. Those coming from outside states will be required to bring RTPCR report of 72 hours duration. It will be mandatory for the driver, operator and passengers to bring negative report of RTPCR or antigen test in vehicles going from four plain districts of the state to hilly districts. Negative report of RTPCR or antigen test will not be mandatory for passengers traveling between Garhwal to Kumaon via the border of Uttar Pradesh, but they will have to register on the Smart City Portal.