Berhampur, July 10 (LocalWire): The state government has restricted the ply of passenger buses in Ganjam and Gajapati district due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an order, the state’s transport commissioner said that no stage (vehicles with specific route and time of halts) or contract carriages on any intra or inter-district and inter-state routes would be originated or terminated from these two districts.
However, vehicles plying on inter-district and inter-state routes passing through Ganjam and Gajapati districts may operate on the highways only without making any halt for picking or dropping down the passengers, he said in his order.
“It means no passenger will be allowed to come or go in the buses from Ganjam and Gajapati district,” said regional transport officer (RTO) Ganjam Sanjay Kumar Biswal. He said that the government had taken the step in view of the increasing number of COVID cases in the districts.
Earlier, railway authorities had withdrawn stoppages of trains in all the stations in the district following the request of the state government.
Meanwhile Gajapati district collector restricted the movement of the people to its adjoining districts like Ganjam, Rayagada and Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh for non-essential purposes.
“Non-essential movement to and from Gajapati district to adjoining districts will not be allowed until further orders,” said Gajapati collector Anupam Saha.
SP (Gajapati) Sarah Sharma said forces would be deployed in all the order points to check the movement of people and vehicles.