NEW DELHI: The government in Karnataka will only charge one-way fare from migrant labourers returning to their villages and have chosen to do it via state transport buses. It was also said that the number of passengers on the bus will be half than the usual, in order to maintain physical distancing guidelines because of the COVID-19 national lockdown.
A meeting was organised by BS Yediruappa, the Chief Minister where the district ministers, MLAs, MPs and district collectors from particular districts were made part of in order to review the prolonged COVID-19 crisis in the state.
A statement was released from Chief Minister's office which said, "In the meeting today, the government has decided to only take a one-way fare from the migrant workers coming from outside and travelling by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses to reach their respective villages."
To abide by the social distancing norms, the meeting was held via video conferencing.
In the meeting today, Government has decided to take only one way fare from the migrant workers coming from outside and travelling by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation in the state to reach their respective villages: Karnataka Chief Minister's Office https://t.co/dT4fWrc3Yc— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2020
A huge number of people gathered as Bangaluru's bus terminal on Saturday i.e. 2 Mat to board their buses which would send them to their respective districts.
An official from KSRTC mentioned about the use of 100 buses to help the workers reach their homes.
“Today we are planning to operate around 100 buses depending upon migrant labourers coming to the bus station. Our passenger capacity is 55 but we are operating with 30 passengers only after health checkups", said Central Traffic Manager, Operations, KSRTC, Bengaluru.