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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India is currently facing a nationwide lockdown till May 17. This crisis has affected almost all businesses across the nation. Public transport has been shut down to follow social distancing norms.
According to a report by News18, Road Transport, Highways and MSME Minister, Nitin Gadkari, recently addressed members of the Bus and Car Operators Confederation of India via a video conference and said that public transport is likely to resume soon. However, the Government is formulating guidelines for the safe usage of public transport.
Nitin Gadkari said, "The economy is facing a crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak. We should treat it as a blessing in disguise as no one wants to deal with China. Japan's PM is facilitating industries there to invest outside of China. It is a chance to boost the Indian economy,"
In other COVID-19 news, the auto industry has taken a bit hit and since manufacturers want to resume work, the Government has set some rules and guidelines for them. Recently, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. came up with a list of comprehensive measures aimed at ensuring that the dealerships and workshops across the country are prepared to meet the highest levels of sanitation and hygiene.
According to the guidelines laid down by the company dealerships across India will have to follow rules from the customers' arrival to departure. This will also include display cars and test drive car preparedness, customer lounges and washrooms sanitization, delivery process of new and serviced cars, and contactless demonstration and servicing.
On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz India has also announced that they have restarted the production at their manufacturing facility. The production will commence in a systematic manner following the directives from the Government of Maharashtra to resume operations.
Manufacturers have started production at their plants with only essential staff, adhering to all the required social distancing protocols, and mandated safety and sanitization measures have been implemented. On the other hand, the employees who are not required at the plant will continue to work from home.
Thoughts About Public transport Being Resumed
A lot of people across the nation are dependent on the public transport system. Our Transport Minister, Mr. Gadkari, has said that public transport will resume soon, it will ease the lives of people who are dependent on that.