Coronavirus Maharashtra: MSRTC convert buses into ‘mobile sanitiser’

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 17 April 2020

One bus has been modified at Mumbai workshop, and two have been modified at Dapodi. The bus will be operational at Mumbai Central Bus depot very soon.

MUMBAI: In a drive to sanitise workers and staff to protect them from the coronavirus infection the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has made ‘mobile sanitiser’ buses at their workshops in Kurla-Nehru Nagar (Mumbai) and Dapodi (Pune) to ensure adequate accessibility of necessary medical facilities.

These buses will be used for the employees of the corporation to sanitise them. One bus has been modified at Mumbai workshop, and two have been modified at Dapodi. The bus will be operational at Mumbai Central Bus depot very soon.

The corporation has not obtained the okay from the Regional Transport Office to convert the tourist bus into a sanitising bus. So there is a doubt about the use of such buses. However, Shekhar Channe, Managing Director of the corporation, said that he was aware of such modification.

One of the officers from the corporation said that in such emergency like situations if the employees of the corporation are making such buses to save themselves from the epidemic, then what is wrong in it. 

“Getting permission from RTO is a long process, and it was a need of the employees,” the officer said.

Recently, a ‘mobile sanitiser bus’ in Karnataka was made to allow workers to be disinfected while on duty though maintaining the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation converted an old bus into a mobile sanitiser unit in which automatic devices spray a disinfectant on personnel walking through.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra has crossed the mark of 3,000 positive cases of the novel coronavirus with 194 deaths reported. The cities such as Mumbai and Pune are worst hit by the pandemic.

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