Reportedly with relaxations being granted for public movement during the fourth phase of the lockdown, there was a significant increase in the number of vehicles on roads and traffic remained heavy at some places, especially the city borders. Public transport resumed in delhi on tuesday with buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis plying on the road, albeit with a limited number of passengers.
The delhi Transport Corporation and Cluster buses resumed services with social-distancing norms and safety measures in place like use of sanitisers and masks to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Early morning chaos was witnessed on the roads as commuters were left waiting for DTC buses and auto drivers quoted high prices after more than 50 days in lockdown. As offices and markets reopened, a large number of commuters told india Today tv that reaching their workplace was "very difficult".
Till 10 am, the frequency of buses in the capital remained low. Many of the Green DTC buses are on "special duty"- for cops, healthcare personnel, to transport migrants to shelter homes and to transport rail passengers to the respective district centres. "We have been waiting but for the past 30 minutes the only buses we have seen are those special duty buses which refuse to take passengers," said mukesh, an agitated commuter waiting at Kashmere Gate for a bus to go to patel Nagar. Shop assistant Dolly, who works in Connaught Place, gave up on waiting for public transport, in a rush to reach work on time. "I waited for a bus for a long time, but then I took a lift from a passing car till Panchkuian Marg, walked for some time, and then got a lift from my co-worker. It is not really safe, but how else was I supposed to reach the store on time?" said Dolly. Agitation by bus drivers was a major reason behind the morning woes.