Sanitary measures can’t quell passenger fears
Despite government bus services, including Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), taking various precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the corona virus, their business has taken a beating. Reports indicate that KSRTC has seen a decline in passenger numbers, including those coming from other states.
A senior KSRTC senior official said, “The passenger count has come down due to Covid-19, as per reports by as much as 15-20 per cent. We have directed cleaning personnel at the depots to scrupulously clean the inside surfaces, including door handles, arm rests, etc, with chlorine or alcohol-based disinfectants. But even so, people are afraid to travel.”
According to reports, the passenger count has come down noticeably in the KSRTC premium AC services on long-distance routes. The corporation operates 800 premier services, including long-distance inter-state buses and a Fly Bus service to BIAL.