Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 3
Haryana Government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in accordance to the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs regarding interstate travel in buses of Haryana Roadways.
The SOP says passengers intending to undertake inter-state travel must carry their identity proofs and tickets, in either electronic or physical form. Apart from this, the bus staff as well as passengers must have Aarogya Setu app downloaded on their mobile phones while they travel with all relevant details filled in.
Giving details in this regard, an official spokesperson said that it must be ensured that the staff and passengers are free of any COVID-19 symptoms. If any such person is aboard, he or she must immediately be de-boarded and sent home and the people in contact with him must be home quarantined for 14 days.
He said that the number of passengers aboard one bus shall not exceed 30-35. The buses being employed for ferrying passengers should be fully sanitized inside out. In addition, sanitiser bottles must be kept inside the buses at all times and must be used by the bus staff from time to time at regular intervals. He said that the wearing of masks by everyone aboard the bus and on bus stands must be strictly adhered to by all and every passenger should carry sanitizers with them.
He said that the strict adherence of SOPs issued by the Transport Department for inter-state travel by the Haryana Roadways buses should be ensured. He said that the passengers shall ensure following NCOVID protocol and shall maintain physical distancing at bus stands and in the bus, not spit inside the bus or outside and at bus stands and other public places, cover their faces while sneezing and coughing.
He said that while passengers are boarding, their thermal screening must be ensured by the staff deployed there. No passenger should be allowed to board if he or she is running high temperature. The staff doing thermal screening must be wearing PPE kit while doing the screening and should sanitize themselves properly and adequately.
He said that for smooth movement of passengers, the interstate and intrastate routes being operated from time to time will be widely publicized through the departmental website and print media.
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