Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Bus Operators

Since March 25, the Government of India has imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of Covid-19. Public transport services have been limited to essential services only. The ban on operations during lockdown, combined with fixed costs such as salaries, has caused significant financial losses to operators. It is predicted that even when services resume, demand will not resume to pre-lockdown levels particularly due to the physical distancing norms and passengers’ perceived risk of travelling in public transport.


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