If you are a resident of Pune then the next time you travel in the local bus, you will have to show your COVID 19 vaccine certificate or the state government-issued ‘universal pass’.
The PMPML (Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited) will allow only fully vaccinated passengers to board from January 17. For regular travellers, people who have taken both doses of vaccine will be given the ‘universal pass’.
As per the Maharashtra state government, it is already mandatory to show double vaccine certificates in malls, theatres, offices and other public places. A similar rule will be now applied to PMPML buses as well.
“As the public transport buses are the lifeline of common people for travelling around the city, it is also necessary to follow the Covid protocols strictly to stop the spread of the virus. Earlier it was found that passengers were not following social distancing, many were without a face mask and so it was decided to allow only those passengers who have taken both doses or one’s holding universal pass,” said Dattatray Zende, traffic manager of PMPML to Hindustan times.
The traffic manager further added that this rule will be implemented across Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad area. He said that there will be an independent system of officials and workers to check if norms are followed and all conductors will check if all the passengers are double vaccinated or not before boarding the bus. If this rule is violated repeatedly, then a fine will be imposed on the passengers.’
Jugal Rathi, president of PMP Pravasi on the other hand questioned that if they really cared about the passenger’s safety, they should increase the number of buses instead. He further added that PMPML had announced to put sanitisers in each bus, it was followed for some time and now it is gone haywire. How the conductors will check each and every passenger’s certificate at peak hours, he added.
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