Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on June 24 said that it will resume its bus services to Maharashtra from June 25 with 50 percent seating capacity.
It further said the bus services will resume from Bengaluru, Shivamogga, Mangaluru and other places of the state to Mumbai, Pune, Miraj, Solapur, Pandharapur and Tuljapur in Maharashtra.
As per the KSRTC, the departure timings of services operated is as under.
|Route||Departure from Bengaluru||Departure from opposite end|
|Bengaluru-Mumbai||15.00 hrs||15.30 hrs|
|Bengaluru-Pune||15.00 hrs||15.00 hrs|
The state-run corporation had stopped inter-state bus services due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
However, it is mandatory for all passengers to wear face mask and are requested to compulsorily follow COVID-19 guidelines while travelling in the corporation buses.
The passengers can book tickets online at KSRTC website or through its franchisee/reservation counters.
Earlier, KSRTC had announced it will restart bus operations to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from June 22.
After the relaxations, KSRTC will be running buses to the two states as per guidelines of the respective states, with effect from Tuesday, based on traffic density and need with 50 percent seating capacity, an official release stated.
While the KSRTC had said it was deploying 3,000 initially for local and inter-district long route bus operations, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) had said it will ply 2,000 buses.
The 23 districts where most restrictions have been relaxed are Udupi, Bengaluru Rural, Shivamogga, Ballari, Chitradurga and Vijayapura Bengaluru Urban, Uttara Kannada, Belagavi, Mandya, Koppala, Chikkaballapur, Tumakuru, Kolar, Gadag, Dharwad, Raichur, Bagalkot, Kalaburagi, Haveri, Ramanagara, Yadgir and Bidar.
In rest of the districts that have a positivity rate of more than 5 percent, the existing relaxation which was in place from June 11, will apply, allowing essential shops to be open from 6 am to 2 pm, and movement of people till 7 pm. Mysuru, where the positivity rate is high, will remain under a strict lockdown until July 5.
Meanwhile, the state reported 4,436 new COVID-19 cases and 123 deaths on June 23, taking the total number of infections to 28.19 lakh and the toll to 34,287. The day also saw 6,455 discharges, continuing to outnumber the fresh cases, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 26,68,705. The total number of active cases in the state stood at 1,16,450. While the positivity rate stood at 2.59 percent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.77 percent.Follow our full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.