Lockdown relaxation in Guwahati
With lockdown relaxation coming into effect, city buses will ply in Guwahati. Courtesy: Guwahati Now

Lockdown Relaxation: City Buses To Ply In Guwahati

May 3, 2020

In compliance with the lockdown relaxation norms, which will come into effect from Monday, the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) has decided to operate 100 city buses in Guwahati.

ASTC managing director Anand Prakash Tiwari informed this in a tweet on Sunday.

"ASTC has decided to operate 100 city buses tomorrow from 6 am to 5 pm, in Guwahati," Tiwari tweeted.


The city buses, however, will have to operate with 50 per cent of its seat capacity and they will have to maintain the time schedule.

"The resumption of the operations of city buses and taxi services is really good news," said Bikas Das, a resident of Guwahati, while speaking to The Story Mug.

"Some bit of ease in communication is always welcomed," he added.

"However, we need to remember one thing that the danger of coronavirus is far from over and we should be extra careful during this lockdown relaxation phase," he quipped in.

The Centre on Friday decided to extend the nationwide lockdown by two weeks, however, it decided to implement certain relaxations in the green zone areas.

During the lockdown relaxation, apart from city buses, taxi and auto-rickshaw services will also be operational in Guwahati.

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on also informed on Sunday that the state government, in compliance to the Centre, has decided to open restaurants and tea stalls in the green zone areas of Assam.

"We have decided to open restaurants in Assam as the lockdown relaxation norms will come into effect from tomorrow," Sarma said on Sunday.

"However, the restaurants will not be allowed dine-in services," Sarma added.

"Only takeaway and home delivery will be allowed. Food delivery apps like Swiggy and Uber can operate as well,” Sarma added.

Sarma further informed that salons, parlours and spas have not yet been allowed to operate yet.

“However, barbers and beauticians can provide home services,” Sarma informed.

Gymnasiums and fitness centres have also not been permitted to operate, the minister informed.

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