The decision of the state government to enforce lockdown from July 14 to 22 and an growing number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Bengaluru forced citizens to return to their native places.
A large number of vehicles lined up at the toll gate in Nelamangala on Monday morning. To ease traffic, police allowed motorists to cross the toll plaza for some time without charging toll fees. People were seen riding with their household goods and two-wheelers in tempos. Citizens hire taxis to get to their homes, too.
Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)’s interdistrict services also got higher ridership. From the Majestic bus stand, 333 buses were run to different destinations ferring 8938 passengers until 11 a.m. A KSRTC official said seats of 231 buses had already been booked online.
“We saw a rise in demand for our buses on Monday morning compared with previous days. We used to operate 350 to 400 buses with a load capacity of 50 percent (about 15 per bus), now buses run at maximum capacity with 30 seats per bus. The number of services is likely to traverse 900 till evening, “a senior KSRTC official said.