New Delhi: In a big relief to Mumbaikars, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Government has permitted BEST (Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport) buses to restore services from June 8, Monday. Notably, the BEST had suspended bus services since March 25 due to COVID-19 lockdown.Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest News: Anguished Over Maharashtra Govt’s Decision, Passenger Associations Plan to Approach PM Modi For Travel Approval
Speaking to a leading portal, public relation officer (PRO) for BEST, Manoj Varade stated that all passengers can travel from June 8. However, the have to maintain social distancing in the buses. Varde added that a complete plan on the routes, number of buses and rules of social distancing will be issued in upcoming days. Also Read - Do Kids Need To Be Vaccinated To Attend School? This Is What WHO Has To Say
If reports are to be believed, that only two people would be permitted on each seat and only five standing passengers would be allowed in each vehicle. Also Read - Consider Imposing Local Restrictions To Curb Mass Gatherings During Festive Season: Centre Writes to States, UTs
Till now, only people engaged in essential services, including those working at government and municipal offices, and hospital staff were allowed to take the buses. Besides, people trying to reach hospitals were also allowed inside the buses with special passes issued by the civic offices.
Apart from BEST, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) is also planning to restore its services for commoners from June 8. Initially, 200 buses of the total 450 will hit the streets.