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Brent Mccoy
• Thursday, 21 January, 2021
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Wearing face masks at all times will be mandatory for everybody and only passengers found asymptomatic will be allowed inside ISBNs NEW DELHI : After seven months, the three interstate bus terminals (ISBNs) in the city are finally ready to reopen, with safety measures in place to fight both Covid-19 and deteriorating air quality.

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Social distancing measures will mean halving interstate bus operations and, due to the alarming pollution situation, only buses of 2015- or later-make will be allowed to enter the ISBNs. Transport minister Baileys Ballot will hold a meeting on Monday where the date for reopening will be decided, said a source.

On a daily basis, 3,467 buses from other states used to arrive at the three ISBNs at Kashmir Gate (1,636), Anand Vicar (1,210) and Sarah Kale Khan (621). Delhi Transport Corporation doesn’t operate any interstate bus as its entire fleet runs on CNG, which is not easily available in other states.

In case of any doubt, passengers will have to undergo a rapid antigen or RT-PCR test at special camps set up at the ISBNs. DT IDC will ensure thermal scanning of bus drivers, conductors, helpers etc and sanitization of every vehicle before departure from the ISBNs.

The decision to reopen the ISBNs was taken on October 23 in a Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDA) meeting(PTI) The states that run their buses to and from Delhi include Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammy and Kashmir, Haryana and Chandigarh. The interstate bus services in Delhi resumed from Tuesday as the three interstate bus terminals (ISBNs) in the national capital was reopened after being shut for more than seven months because of nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

As many as 145 buses carrying around 5,800 passengers from the neighboring states of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand arrived in Delhi till 9:30 am on Tuesday Delhi transport minister Baileys Ballot on Monday reviewed preparations made ahead of the resumption of interstate services and asked officials to ensure strict compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

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The decision to reopen the ISBNs was taken on October 23 in a Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDA) meeting chaired by lieutenant-governor Anil Baikal. India reported 38,310 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 490 related deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry on Tuesday, which have taken the country’s tally to over 8.26 million.

Thermal checking of both passengers and the bus crew at boarding and at the point of entry to ISBNs will be a must. Social distancing will be ensured at the ground station, at the time of boarding of passengers and inside the bus.

Social distancing will be done through markers on the ground and waiting areas, similar to the ones in all buses and the metro. As per the initial plan of the Delhi government, the first batch of 120,000 registered health care workers were to be vaccinated by February 13.

Abandoned years before by his family, following a road accident in West Bengal that made him lose his leg, the bearded Mumbai found a new home in Turk man Gate, where he also made a friend in Hora. Close Earlier on Tuesday, the farmers also shared the route map of their proposed tractor rally and said that the parade will touch all the borders connecting Delhi with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

(HT_PRINT)The Delhi police had urged the farmers to either cancel the rally or shift it to the Kundali-Manesar-Palwal expressway on the periphery of the Capital. Close The total number of arrests in the case is now 12 -- eight men who were involved in the acuity and four receivers of the stolen jewelry.

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Close The farmer was identified as JAI Baghdad Reyna who had been protesting at the Tikki border. (Representative image)Police said the farmer allegedly consumed poison and was rushed to a hospital in Mangolpuri during the wee hours of Wednesday, but couldn’t be saved.

Close According to RP Deena, deputy commissioner of police (southeast), a phone call to the station house officer (WHO) was made by the showroom owner around 11am on Wednesday. Representative image)The showroom is located in Block H of Alkali and is guarded by armed men even when it is not in operation.

The civic body on Tuesday moved a proposal to carry out development works up to 10 lakh in the colony or society where 100% waste segregation is done at source. Close The government statement further said that at least 2,000 more construction workers will receive 10,00 each in the coming weeks.

As interstate bus services resumed in Delhi after more than seven months, the scene at the city’s two major bus terminals (ISBNs), at Kashmir Gate and Anand Vicar, were in stark contrast. On Day 1, 542 interstate buses carrying over 20,000 passengers arrived in the Capital through the three ISBNs (the third of which is at Sarah Kale Khan) till 5.30 pm.

Passengers arrived from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, with some returning to the city for work, and many others travelling to celebrate Diwali with their friends and family. The Kashmir Gate ISBN saw a fair rush in the morning, with long queues at the entry gate as passengers were thermally screened and frisked using contactless devices, while staff members sanitized luggage inside the premises.

Yet, social distancing norms were often thrown to the wind as people would rush in a horde, jostling to either get entry to the terminal, collect their luggage or to buy a ticket. Kavalpreet AUR, who arrived at Kashmir Gate ISBN from Punjab on Tuesday morning pointed out that the terminal did not have any Covid-19 testing center or camp for those who voluntarily wanted to get themselves checked.

A COVID-19 testing center here would not just help me, but also the city administration to identify and quarantine those who have the infection,” she said. Apart from a few security guards at the entry gate, Kashmir Gate ISBN had absolutely no police officer, district official or civil defense volunteer to warn or prosecute violators of Covid-19 norms.

The situation was much worse at the other two ISBNs, especially at Anand Vicar, which shares its border with Uttar Pradesh. Despite being host to the most passengers, the Anand Vicar ISBN was short of proper arrangements.

The Anand Vicar terminal had no temperature screening facility for passengers or their luggage. CIDUNATI Singh, and his family were boarding a bus from Anand Vicar ISBN, headed for his hometown in Ram Nagar, Uttarakhand, to celebrate Diwali.

While walking around the ISBN, most passengers had their masks either on their chin or hanging from their ears,” said an angry Singh. Very few have tested positive so far, but we immediately send those who do to the COVID-19 Care Center at Akshardham on an ambulance,” said an official deployed there.

OK Bahia, managing director of the Delhi Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation (DT IDC) Limited that manages and operated all the ISBNs, said people are being deboarded at the entry gate of the ISBNs, from where they are being allowed to leave for their respective destinations in the city. “There was no crowding observed on day one, as the number of buses allowed to enter the terminal has been slashed to 50% until November 15.

The conductors or the drivers of interstate buses were also to submit a certificate issued by the respective depot of the bus being thoroughly sanitized, but only five such certificates of the 257 buses that arrived at Anand Vicar were submitted at the terminal. Communal violence had broken out in northeast Delhi on February 24 last year after clashes between citizenship law supporters and protesters spiraled out of control leaving at least 53 people dead and around 200 injured.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dinesh Kumar said the Cars of the mobile phone numbers of the accused persons were required to be preserved as it would not be possible in future to call them during evidence. The reservation percentage has been gradually reduced by the government after reviewing the pandemic situation.

Close Shah appreciated the city police's initiative to reunite missing children with their parents and said such moves were service to humanity. He also said that the police force tackled the northeast Delhi riots last year and brought back peace to the city.

Close On January 16, the man’s identity was established as Jinan Mazda, a rickshaw puller, said DCP ADAV. (Representative photo)Jinan Mazda's body was shifted to a nearby government hospital mortuary and a murder case was registered at the New Ashok Nagar police station.

Close Delhi’s minimum temperature rose to 9 °C on Monday, from 5.2 °C a day earlier. (Arvind ADAV/ HT Photo)Due to the change in wind direction, minimum temperatures are likely to fall by 2 to 4 °C during the next three days, leading to ‘cold wave’ conditions in isolated pockets over eastern Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi during January 18 to 20.

Close Since no visible injury marks were found on the body of the man, identified as Roshan Law, the police are waiting for his autopsy report ascertaining the exact cause of death. (Shutterstock/Representative image)Roshan Law's family members have alleged that he was assaulted during a robbery bid by three to four unidentified men near the Jaipur underpass late Saturday when he was walking towards his home in Trilokpuri after work.

(Vi pin Kumar/HT PHOTO)Danish India said Delhi, with a population of nearly 20 million, should at least be provided Rs.1,150 crore, along with an appropriate annual enhancement grant for its local bodies. Close While students were excited to return to school, despite having to wear masks and keep a distance from each other, the “no contact policy” left many dispirited. Adorned with welcome posters, balloons and flowers, schools wore a festive look as students trickled in to classrooms after a gap of 10 months.

The day’s activities included discussions on upcoming board examination, and an orientation session to acquaint students with COVID-19 appropriate behavior. Positivity rate in Delhi has stayed lower than 1% for 22 days now, as per the government data.

Close Meet Jain, the nodal officer at ROSS hospital, also confirmed that many beneficiaries did not receive the messages from the designated Co-Win app. (Reuters)Officials at a majority of Delhi’s 81 vaccination centers said many health care workers did not receive texts informing them about their turn, due to which hospital staff had to call each one of them.

Close Health care workers of Kalahari Saran Hospital waiting at the observation area after being vaccinated against Covid-19 on Monday. The data shared by the government showed that on the second day of the drive, conducted between 9am and 5pm Monday, a total 8,136 health-care workers were to be inoculated, but only 3,598 actually got the jabs.

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