Pune: The state Road Transport Corporation Pune division has tightened Covid steps. Pune divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao declared and issued orders on February 21 about many curbs to be imposed in the district.Ramakanat Gaikwad, MSRTC Pune divisional controller told the Hindustan Times, “We are running all the schedules of ST buses across Maharashtra, there is no change in it. But at the same time, the safety of passengers at ST stands and inside the bus is important. Safety precautions as per state government guidelines are being taken at ST stands with proper social distancing. Passengers without face masks are not allowed inside the bus. Each and every bus is sanitised before going on the route; we have made squads with the help of ST bus conductors and stand staff to monitor the crowd.”During the weekends, there is a lot of rush across ST stands in the division, the officials try their best to maintain social distancing but as the number of people is high, sometimes it becomes difficult to check the crowd. Gaikwad added, “These squads will be clearing the rush of passengers by guiding them to their required ST bus or help them in getting the bus information. There will be no such impact on ST bus operations due to the imposed restrictions, for the buses coming from Vidarbha side they would be reduced as lockdown is imposed in some of the cities like Amravati.”“I travel from Pune to Solapur to my village and in the few months since the ST bus service has started there is no proper social distancing maintained at the ST stands. The premises need to be cleaned more often and strict action needs to be taken on passengers who are spitting, throwing garbage and making the stand premises dirty,” said Santosh Jaybhay, a regular ST bus passenger.