Delhi govt directs all bus drivers not to ply buses if there are more than 20 passengers: Kailash Gahlot


  • Conductor, driver or marshal must dial 100 to register complaint against extra passengers who refuse to deboard a bus: Kailash Gahlot
  • Delhi govt will take stringent action against conductor, driver or marshal if any bus carries more than 20 people: Kailash Gahlot
  • Around 3,400 buses operated across Delhi yesterday, the situation will improve within 2-3 days: Kailash Gahlot

NEW DELHI, May 20, 2020

Delhi Transport Minister Mr Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday said that the Delhi government is very serious about maintaining social distancing in buses. He added that bus drivers, conductors and bus marshals have been strictly instructed to not have more than 20 passengers in a bus. Mr Gahlot explained that extra passengers boarding the buses will be requested to deboard, and a police complaint at 100 will be registered if any passenger refuses to deboard. He also said that if there is any violation of these instructions then stringent action will be taken against the driver, conductor and marshal.

“Around 3,400 buses, including special hired buses, operated across Delhi yesterday. Out of 3,400 buses, around 2,000 buses were of the Delhi government and 1,400 buses were specially hired. Yesterday nearly 1000 DTC buses were deployed to ensure safe passage of migrant labourers to railway station from various shelters. Around 1,200 DTC buses will be operating today for the movement of migrants in Delhi. The whole situation will be under control within 3-4 days,” said Mr Gahlot.

He added that more cluster buses are on the roads today as the drivers who were stuck in UP or Haryana have reached Delhi yesterday and they will drive buses today.

Mr Gahlot said, “The Delhi government is very serious about maintenance of social distancing in buses. Bus drivers, conductors and bus marshals have been strictly instructed by us, to not have more than 20 passengers in a single bus. Extra passengers boarding the buses will be requested to deboard, and a police complaint at 100 will be registered if any passenger refuses to deboard. If there is any violation of these instructions then stringent action will be taken against the driver, conductor, and marshal.”

He also said, “To ensure that these norms are being followed, we also need cooperation from people. The people must ensure that they will not violate the rules in autos, buses, or bikes. But if such violation take place then action will be taken.”

The transport minister of Delhi observed that the Delhi government is also working on an SOP for public transportation. We have started thermal screening at some key terminals and bus stops. We have also ordered more thermal checkup instruments.