Karnataka ready to restart inter-state bus services except for Maharashtra, says Deputy CM

Karnataka ready to restart inter-state bus services except for Maharashtra, says Deputy CM

Karnataka government is prepared to restart inter-state bus services, with easing of Covid-19 restriction, and has written to neighboring states in this regard.

The government said in a statement on Tuesday that it is ready to resume bus services to all other states, except Maharashtra.

"Now after unlock, operations are restored to Andhra Pradesh only. Letter correspondence was made to other states for the restoration of operations. But they are yet to respond," Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi said in a statement.

Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi, who is in charge of the transport department said, from our end, we are all set to re-start bus operations to these states except Maharashtra.

Since Maharashtra is still suffering from COVID high risk, we will take the decisions after this month, he added.

As many as 2,500 government buses were in operation to neighboring Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Puducherry before the lockdown.

The Karnataka government on Monday had ordered discontinuation of several  screening and surveillance procedures aimed at containing Covid-19 at borders, bus stands, railway stations, and airports, also 14 days of quarantine, following the Centre asking states to ensure no restriction was imposed on the inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods.