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Combating Covid-19: Mumbai auto drivers use 'isolation cover' for safety

  • With restrictions in Mumbai and across Maharashtra being eased gradually, auto drivers are gearing up to ferry passengers once again.

Vicky Nagpal from Mumbai is producing 'isolation covers' for auto-rickshaws, as a precautionary step to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 to passenger and auto drivers.

"We were already making these cover for cars. Now we are manufacturing it for auto rickshaws.

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In Mumbai, the State Government is giving relaxation in lockdown day by day. From today auto-rickshaws will be allowed," he said.

"Auto rickshaw owners come to me and asked for some protection from Covid-19. We made this product for them," he added.

(Also read: Delhi now has no restrictions on number of passengers in vehicles)

Auto driver Mohammad Yusuf said, "Safety is very important for us and passengers. To ensure the safety of both I am using the 'isolation covers'."

In its guidelines, Maharashtra Government has said that movement of people will be allowed in the following manner - Taxi/Cab/aggregator Only essential: 1 driver 2 passengers; Rickshaw Only essential: 1 driver, Two-wheelers Only essential: One Rider.

As per the Union Health Ministry, there are 82,968 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra including 42,609 active cases,37,390 recovered/discharged/migrated and 2,969 deaths.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

  • First Published Date : 08 Jun 2020, 08:42 AM IST