New Delhi: There is a strict lockdown across the nation against people commuting on roads especially using public transport, with an exception only for people in essential services. However, some people are taking advantage of this and stepping out saying that they are in essential services even when they are not. Also Read - Karnataka: Not In Position to Impose Complete Lockdown in State, Says Health Minister Sudhakar
To ensure against it, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has now made it mandatory for all passengers to carry their identity cards. An advisory issued by the DTC managing director stated that from Wednesday onwards, only those with a valid ID card will be allowed to board buses. Also Read - India Records Over 1.6 Lakh Cases in Last 24 Hours, Surpasses Brazil to Become Second Most COVID-hit Country After US
“This was necessary as even those who were not involved in essential services were roaming around in buses, putting other passengers and our staff in danger,” a DTC official said. Also Read - Coronavirus LIVE: Roll Out of Sputnik V in India to Begin by End Of April, Says Russia
The DTC noted that on the second day of lockdown, public transport was comparitively less crowded, however, people unnecessarily leaving homes, social distancing was increasingly becoming difficult for those in essential services.
On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had cut shut down all public transportation means, allowing only 25 per cent of DTC buses to operate this week onwards.