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As COVID-19 cases surge, Pune’s school buses to be used as hearse

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Deccan Express

Pune :  Coronavirus infection in country & state is growing more rapidly. The death rate in Pune is also on the rise. Hospital ambulances are running low to carry the bodies. Against this backdrop, the Pune Municipal Corporation had demanded 10 school buses from the Regional Transport Department (RTO) to transport the bodies. At the request of the corporation, permission has been given by the RTO to use the school bus as a hearse.

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The number of corona victims in Pune city has been increasing since February. This was followed by an increase in the number of patients in March and April. The number of victims is also increasing. As the number of mortuaries available was declining, the Corporation’s Motor Vehicle Department had issued a letter to the RTO requesting 10 school buses (Tempo Traveler) to transport the corpses. From this, the RTO has now given permission. Regional Transport Officer Ajit Shinde has given permission letter to the municipality and 10 school buses have also been provided.

10 school buses have been made available with the help of social workers. As the bodies will be transported from these vehicles, the seat in the bus has been removed. This bus will also help in reducing the waiting time for the hearse. Also, vehicle rental, driver’s allowance and honorarium will be paid by the corporation. As per the RTO, the rental rate will be Rs. 1600 per day.

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Employment is closed as the school is closed. But now there is some employment for school drivers. Also, Maharashtra Transport Sena District President Eknath Dhole said that some social workers were informed by the RTO about getting school buses. From this we all tried to get 10 school bus vehicles. The municipal corporation will help these vehicles during this period and school bus drivers too will get employment.

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