The lone NST bus from Kohima that left for Dimapur on Thursday Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: The Nagaland State Transport (NST) resumed its services on Thursday six months after suspending operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The department order says that the buses will operate at 50% capacity while strictly adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Passengers are required to sit on alternate seats, keeping a vacant seat between two adjacent passengers sitting with no standing passengers allowed to travel. Inside the bus, a partition has also made between the driver’s cabin and passengers seat.

When EastMojo visited the NST station in Kohima on Thursday, Mughaho Achumi, NST bus driver who has been in the service for over 10 years expressed delight over the resumption of services. “I feel terrific to be back to work after a long time. I missed it. This feeling is like as though I am just starting a new service for the first time,” exclaimed Achumi.

He informed that 50% of the NST staff are engaged in essential services duty.

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Passengers are required to sit on alternate seats, keeping a vacant seat between two adjacent passengers sitting with no standing passengers allowed to travel.

Kevichuto Sekhose, SS NST Kohima assured that they would follow all SOPs and maintain 50% capacity in the buses. He said that wearing of masks is compulsory for travel.

Passengers are also screened before boarding bus and those found with high fever not allowed to board the bus. As on Thursday, only one NST bus from Kohima left from Kohima to Dimapur.

The superintendent informed that services to other districts are temporarily halted and will gradually resume.



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