On May 13, transport minister Suvendu Adhikari had announced that the resumption of bus services to facilitate transport in the city would come with rules and regulations, foremost of them limiting the number of passengers. Not more than 20 people were allowed to board a bus. However, as lockdown 4.0 comes to an end, and bus services are started on a larger scale, it is evident that these rules have been thrown out of the window.
A tweet was shared showing that a West Bengal state bus was packed with people, ignoring the social distancing norms enforced by the government, while more people were getting ready to board the bus. Although the passengers are wearing masks, the risk of anyone contracting the novel coronavirus has increased exponentially.
Although the officials have said that they have received reports of the excess number of passengers and assured they will look into the matter while maintaining social distancing guidelines, this raises a question – why do the people ignore these rules when they know that it may save their lives?
Earlier during the lockdown, there had been dissension among the people due to the inadequacy of the skeletal bus services. Whether this demand is the cause that drove people to abandon the rules so carelessly remains to be seen. These are trying times, especially with lockdown 5.0 given the green light, and an amount of restraint and adherence to the rules is to be expected from the denizens of Kolkata.