GOA: From a little over one lakh people per day, the daily footfalls at Panaji bus terminus have fallen to 6,000 to 7,000 people per day during the pandemic. People’s preference to travel through private transport to avoid intermingling with others and lack of students and working professionals travelling because of study/work from home trend, are the reasons cited by Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTCL) officials for the drastic drop.
The same has been experienced at its other bus stands in the state as well. People would earlier travel from Sakhali, Bicholim, Valpoi, Mapusa and Margao to alight at Panaji thus having the highest density at this terminus, the officials said, adding, that the existing passengers are a few migrant workers and office goers who are seen on the bus stands only in the mornings and evenings. “Our per day earnings currently are about Rs 4-6 lakh as opposed to Rs 29-30 lakh prior to the lockdown,” an official said.
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