Roadways Bus services started from Uttarakhand to Chandigarh and Dharamshala

Interstate buses which was closed for the last two months has been finally started. After the approval from Himachal Pradesh, roadways buses of UK have started running for Chandigarh and Himachal

Roadways Bus services started from Uttarakhand to Chandigarh and Dharamshala

Interstate bus transport which was closed for the last two months has been finally started. After the approval from Himachal Pradesh, roadways buses of Uttarakhand have started running for Chandigarh, Dharamshala, Shimla and Rohru from Thursday morning.

Interstate bus transport which was closed for the last two months has been finally started. After the approval from Himachal Pradesh, roadways buses of Uttarakhand have started running for Chandigarh, Dharamshala, Shimla and Rohru from Thursday morning. Along with this, the buses of Chandigarh and Himachal Roadways have also started reaching Dehradun and Haridwar. Himachal Roadways buses have started running from Doon and Haridwar to Manali, Bilaspur, Sarkaghat and Mandi.

On the first day, there was a good response from the passengers for Chandigarh. However, it is believed that the reason for the high number of passengers on the first day can also be due to the passengers being stuck at different places. General Manager Deepak Jain said that buses will be operated for two-three days only on fresh arrangements. After that, a decision will be taken to increase the buses on different routes. Buses will be operated as per the demand of the passengers.

This is how buses operated

The first bus from Doon to Chandigarh left at 8 in the morning with 35 passengers on board. Then the bus was sent at 9.30 pm, in which 20 passengers, 30 passengers at 10:30 and 25 passengers were sent to Chandigarh at 12 noon. Two buses of Rishikesh depot reached Dehradun ISBT for Chandigarh with 28 passengers left at 11.30 am and 40 passengers were left at 2.30 pm. A bus from Kotdwar depot also left for Chandigarh and left Dehradun ISBT at 5 pm with 30 passengers. The bus from Haridwar to Rohru carried 35 passengers, while the bus from Shimla carried 38 passengers. The bus left for Dharamsala from Doon at 5.30 pm with 21 passengers.

Bus reserve for Delhi-Gurugram

Five roadways buses for Delhi and Gurugram have been kept in reserve at ISBT. Orders have been given to the depot officials that the buses should be sent on the Yamunanagar-Karnal-Delhi route as and when there are enough passengers. However, due to the non-functioning of the online booking server on Thursday, Delhi tickets could not be booked. Online ticket booking can start from Friday.

Glory returned to ISBT

With the resumption of interstate bus operations, the glory of ISBT returned again. Shops and offices were also seen open in the ISBT premises, which were closed for two months. The situation remained normal on the first day and physical distance was also complied with by the administration. The movement of passengers started from 6 a.m. Amidst the normalizing atmosphere at the ISBT, the operator's voice calling for passengers was heard again. However, the crowd remained normal for the time being and most of the buses left with 50 to 60 percent passengers. Only one entry and exit gate have been opened on the ISBT campus.

Traders happy

Shops located in the premises have also been opened for about two and a half months. Subodh Parmar, the owner of a shop located here in ISBT said that due to the closure of bus operations and Corona, he had to sit at home. The shop remained closed and there were no other means of employment. Now the shops have been opened. Parmar hopes that more and more passengers arrive and their business also goes on.

Administration team inspected

Before starting the interstate transport, the district administration team inspected the ISBT on Thursday morning. ADM Administration Bir Singh Budiyal checked the arrangements at the bus stand and instructed the ISBT police to make arrangements according to the SOP. The ADM directed that no bus should be parked outside the ISBT and no passenger should get out or board the bus from outside. The responsibility was given to the police. Even inside the ISBT, instructions were given to ensure proper seating arrangement and physical distance for the passengers. The administration and police team will be present at ISBT for thermal checking of passengers and checking of name and address. Two counters have been set up to check the applications on the Corona and Smart City portals.

Thermal screening of every passenger

Thermal screening of every passenger traveling in buses is being done. It was told that in interstate bus services, whether the passenger is coming to Uttarakhand or going out, registration will have to be done on the Dehradun Smart City Portal in both situations. If for some reason a passenger comes to the state without registration, the administration team will register at the bus stand. This condition will be mandatory not only for the buses of Uttarakhand but also for the buses of other states.