Kolkata: Testing of auto drivers by way of RC-PCR and antigen assessments, chopping down auto routes and making certain that no more than two passengers journey within the rear seat are a number of the measures which are being taken by auto unions and KMC ward coordinators after two drivers on the Mukundapur (Nayabad)- Jadavpur route examined Covid positive.
The clamour for assessments although was not restricted to Mukundapur alone. From Behala to Baguiati, auto drivers that TOI spoke to said that with antigen assessments now going down within the city, they wish to be subjected to such assessments periodically.
“We are as much on the road as several Covid warriors like police. The transport department has arranged for checks for its WBTC workforce. A similar system can be followed through our unions,” said Raja Roy, who plies within the Sarsuna-behala Chowrasta route.
As per ward 109 ward coordinator, Ananya Banerjee, the drivers had examined positive within the RT-PCR assessments accomplished on July 27. “The results have made us realize how vulnerable they are. The areas where maximum public interface is taking place are in markets and in public transport, especially autos and taxis,” said Banerjee
She added: “Several people coming to this hospital hub are staying here temporarily are carrying the virus. They keep travelling to the hospital from hotels, eateries and paying guest accommodations in these autos..”
Sanjay Das, secretary of the six routes from Jadavpur and Nayabad — that presently function 400 autos — accepted that the 2 circumstances have led them to rethink about operating the providers.
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