Today, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said public transport will soon get started but with some restrictions. The Indian government on March 25 banned all the roads and transports to slow the transmission of deadly coronavirus. The government said, Mr. Gadkari at a videoconference with the Bus and Car Operators Confederation of India, said public transport may open soon with some guidelines.
However, he cautioned about maintaining social distance and adopting all safety measures like hand wash, face masks and sanitizing while operating a bus and cars. He did not mention any exact date. The ongoing nationwide lockdown will continue till May 17.
The government has already eased the lockdown in the green zones where no cases have been reported so far. The state governments in some specific areas, has allowed some industrial sectors to operate and standalone shops to open.
In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejrwial has allowed standalone shops, private offices with 33 per cent workforce, self-employed people including domestic helps and technicians, to operate in non-hotspot zones. Due to the absence of the public transport, the authorities have allowed partial movement of private vehicles. Mr. Gadkari said he is in regular touch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. All of them are closely working to uplift the economy which has hardly been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.