As Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) is operating its buses on state routes, its managing director has said they have been taking all measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Speaking to media persons after inspecting the sanitisation drive taken up at Margao bus stand, KTC managing director Venancio Furtado spoke of the number of buses that are being used for transporting people as well as the sanitisation drive that was being carried out.
“There are around 200 buses that have been kept for public transport for which in the morning and evening they are sanitised and throughout the day, the inside of the buses are sanitised with Lyzol. Around 50 buses have also been kept only to transport migrant labourers who want to go to the train stations,” he said.
He added that an additional 20 buses were kept in Margao and Porvorim in the event the health department were to ask for their assistance.
“For anyone coming to the state, if health department asks us to provide buses, they are ready to be used to shift people to Hospicio or Asilo as required,” said Furtado.
Similarly, at the Dabolim airport, Vasco depot has kept 20 buses for travellers coming by flights. And for those that are brought from other states, Furtado said that 20 Volvo sleeper and luxury buses were ready with provisions for sanitisation.
“When the buses reach their destination, they are sanitised with a spray that is sent from here in the bus and only then allowed to return. We give water, snacks like fruits, biscuit or sandwich to the travellers so that they don’t buy from outside. The drivers have separate provisions for food and drinking where they are told not to eat from outside,” said Furtado.
He also added that the KTC would help private bus owners to sanitise their buses as well, both inside and outside, so that people within the state were also able to use the buses without any worry.