Covid-19: CRUT steps up cleaning and disinfecting of MoBus & BQS

Bhubaneswar: To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) has started disinfecting all its buses with INFEKTOCIDE (surface & environment disinfectant), a high level disinfectant used in critical areas. It is eco-friendly, non-corrosive, non-irritant and bio-degradable. We are using fogging, spraying and mopping methods for the same.
MoBus are being cleaned daily in the spots prone to spread a virus like seats, support poles, door handles, arm rest and bar handles with this alcohol-based disinfectants. This is effective in fumigating bacteria including MRSA, TBC, yeasts and enveloped viruses.
Cleaning and disinfection are being done on daily basis as per standard procedure in the interest of passengers and staff deployed in the buses. After the last trip all the buses go to respective depots. 10 PM onwards mandatory cleaning of buses start which continues till 5 AM in the morning. On daily basis the cleanliness and hygiene of each and every bus is verified by depot managers before they start their journey for the day.
The frequency of cleaning drives has been increased amidst coronavirus outbreak. “To contain coronavirus additional cleaning measures have been put in place to disinfect all the MoBuses and BQS. We have taken expert advise and identified agencies to fumigate the buses. Suitable technical instructions has been issued to create awareness among the cleaning personnel who work in depot to sanitise buses properly. Poles and doors on buses which people regularly touch will also be wiped down with disinfectant every day,” said Ms. Dipti Mahapatro, General Manager, CRUT.
At the same time we have started sanitisation of all the Bus Queue Shelters (BQS) with the same disinfectant. Among other measures, coronavirus awareness posters have been put up at the depots and all the buses urging citizens to adapt the basic hygienic methods. “We have put instructions and advisories shared by Health department in all the 200 buses,” informed Ms.Mahapatro.
We have also started spreading awareness through public announcement system in the buses. In addition to this, all employees have been made aware of preventive steps to be taken, including hand hygiene and reporting sickness.She further informed, “We have issued guidelines to all the employees about coronavirus indicating its characteristics, known ways of infections and preventive measure.
“We appeal to all the commuters not to panic and take precautions while they commute in MoBus.We will take more steps as required as we move forward,” said Ms. Mahapatro.

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