Officers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) on Monday conducted a surprise Antigen tests of the passengers of Aapli Bus.
The passengers had to wait for about one and half hour unnecessarily. This was reportedly done with the other buses too on the same route.
It is worth mentioning here that such screening was occasionally done when the second wave was on its peak in the city. But, now, when the infection rate of the district has dropped to just 1 per cent, it is not at all needed. But the NMC health department and the police are jointly conducting such surprise tests to keep a check on the virus.
However, with the relaxation covid norms, citizens have now started moving in city. And therefore rush in buses has also increased. If people are not getting seats to sit, then there is a need to increase the number of buses as well. But the NMC is more concerned about its own vault than the public. That’s why the ferries of buses are not being increased.
At present, only less than 50 percent of the buses i.e. only 200 buses are operating. Whereas at present the infection has reached the level of March April 2020. But the admin istration is thinking back and forth in operating the buses. This is directly play ing with the lives of thcitizensns.
Ambadikar, an officer of IBTM operator Dimtus, said that during the second wave of Covid, there used to be antigen test in buses plying on Katol Road. But for the time being it was closed. But today got the news of the test being done again. Bus service was not affected by this. The trans port department was not asked to investigate. By the way, those traveling in buses are strictly following the rules. There is no infor mation on how many pas sengers and buses were tested.
Increasing crowd in buses In the first wave of Covid, the wheels of your bus remained stuck for about 7 months. As soon as the Municipal Transport Department started operat ing 250 buses. But in the second wave in April, its number was reduced to 56. Now that 200 buses have started operating. Passengers have also increased. But the number of buses is not being increased.