More relaxations have been announced by the Tamil Nadu government in 27 districts where Covid-19 is waning and public transit is expected to start next week.
Following a meeting between Chief Minister MK Stalin and Transport Minister RS Rajakanappan at the Secretariat on Wednesday, the decision was made. According to insiders, the government intends to operate half of the tow trucks. “We are hopeful that starting June 21 (Monday), buses would be permitted to ply within districts first, and after assessing the situation, it will be open for inter-districts as well,” a senior official from the Villupuram State Transport Corporation told indianexpress.com.
Because active caseloads remain high, the relaxations would not apply to 11 districts: Coimbatore, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, and Mayiladuthrurai. The official stated that the announcement is expected on Saturday and that all employees, including drivers and conductors, have been vaccinated.
According to the official, about 19,000 of the 22,000 employees had been immunised. Those workers who could not get vaccinated are those who had gone on long leave or those who recovered recently from Covid-19. We have been running buses for frontline warriors, so measures like sanitizing the buses are already in practice,” a senior official from the Villupuram State Transport Corporation said.