TN allows inter-district bus and train services

Days after relaxing lockdown rules, Tamil Nadu government today announced yet another major relaxation. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said inter-district operations of buses and trains will commence from September 7.

He said standard operating procedures will be followed and requested people to make use of the services only if necessary, in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

In line with the Centre’s unlock 4.0 norms, the Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced that from September 1 e-passes would not be needed for travel within the state, buses could ply within districts, and malls, hotels, resorts, clubs and places of worship were free to open. The intense lockdown on Sundays, which had little meaning with people crowding market places on Saturday, too will go.

Places of worship and shopping malls would be opened and there will be no more intensive Sunday lockdowns, Chief Minister Palaniswami said.

He, however, extended till September 30 curbs which include measures like prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPc, closure of educational institutions and restrictions in containment zones without any relaxations.