The civic administration of the city has resorted to strict measures in view of COVID-19 increasing cases in the city.And Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has directed that those wishing to travel in Aapli Bus must wear masks or otherwise they would be denied permission to travel. Given the rising cases of COVID-19 positive patients in city, all the precautions prescribed by State Government while permitting restarting of city bus services should be strictly adhered to by all. A mask is first and foremost protection against contracting infection and hence people should not neglect this simple but basic fact. Narendra Borkar, Chairperson, Transport Committee, NMC, on Friday took stock of current situation and city bus operations, present revenue generation etc. The meeting was held at civic body headquarters in Civil Lines and attended by officials of DIMTS, the company overseeing city bus operations, private transporters engaged to operate city buses and officials of Transport Department.
The drivers and conductors were instructed to follow the protocol, besides they themselves wearing masks and gloves, they must not allow travellers without mask to board the buses. Borkar also warned that a fine of Rs. 100 will be imposed in case driver or conductor of Aapli Bus is found not wearing the masks. Similarly the staff of city bus must always be in uniform while on duty. In a major change of norm, Borkar said hence forth if a conductor is found indulging in short changing the civic body his ID will not be blocked and a proper chance would be provided for them to provide explanation. At present during if a checker detects difference in tickets sold and money earned through sales or passenger without ticket, the conductor is blacklisted and removed from rolls. Now it is decided to examine each and every case of misconduct for same two members committee of Ravindra Pagey and Arun Pipurde is going to be set-up. After through inquiry if charges against conductor are proved then he will be removed from service.