The Telangana Government, on the 18th of May, gave permission to the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) to function within the State.
The decision to allow the bus service came after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced the guidelines of the lockdown 4.0, implemented from the 18th of May.
Puvadda Ajay, the Minister of Transport in Telangana, said the TSRTC buses would start operating from the 19th of May. However, the buses would be restricted in the containment zones for the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.
In addition, sanitizer, face masks and 50 % passengers would be allowed in the buses, following all the norms of social distancing.
Before joining the duties, the TSRTC employees would go through thermal screening. K.Chandrashekar Rao, the Chief Minister of Telangana, asked the TSRTC official to submit a detailed report regarding the start of the TSRTC buses and depots and routes.
The area where the TSRTC buses are allowed includes Jubilee Bus Station (JBS) in Hyderabad, buses would not be allowed to run from Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS.) Buses running to Warangal would be diverted to start from Uppal towards Nalgonda crossing the LB Nagar. Buses heading to Mahbubnagar may be run through Aramghar.
The TSRTC is yet to take a call on the prices of the bus tickets, which is expected to be increased due to the loss faced by the TSRTC due to the lockdown frofor the past two months.
Stay tuned for further updates.