Goa: KTC to resume Belagavi, Karwar & Sawantwadi routes from August 1 | Goa News – Times of India

PANAJI: The Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTC) is restarting regular operations of its interstate buses from Goa to Belagavihandjob Karwar and Sawantwadi from August 1.
“Initially, we are starting only those destinations that are on the periphery. We will assess the situation and decide whether to increase buses on the routes. Even if one person is found to be Covid positive, the entire bus will have to be turned back. Only people that present an antigen test result and RTPCR test done within 72 hours will be allowed to board the bus,” KTC managing director Derek Pereira Neto said.
Currently there are only two interstate buses going to Karnataka and none to Maharashtra. One bus has been operating from Goa to Belagavi, only available at the Margao, Panaji and Porvorim bus depots.
The Goa to Gulbarga and Muddebihal bus operates only from the KTC Vasco bus stand for now.
“These are mainly for migrant workers employed in Goa that travel to and from the state. While there are about 30 to 50 leaving per day, there are only eight to ten coming to Goa, on an average,” a KTC official from the Panaji depot said.
In addition, the corporation has also resumed local schedules from Panaji to Ponda, Pernem and Bicholim after a year of suspending the route due to the pandemic.
“We used to run 45 schedules on these routes, which have been reduced to only six routes. Footfalls are seen only during peak hours – early morning and in the evening,” the official said.


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