To prevent the spread of bacterial infections among passengers, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will soon apply antimicrobial chemicals to its 1,500 buses.
Antibacterial coating is the process of applying chemical agents to the surface to prevent the growth of pathogenic microorganisms.
According to MSRTC, considering the Covid situation and preventing the spread of different viruses, approximately 1,500 MSRTC buses in Mumbai, Thane, Raigad, Palghar and Ratnagiri will be coated with this chemical. Officials believe this coating will help reduce the spread of the virus and will also help maintain hygiene on buses.
The tender for the agency selection was launched in May this year, and the contract was given to a Mumbai-based agency that will apply coatings to buses twice a year.
“Presently, the buses are being sanitised with disinfectants on a daily basis and it will continue even after the coating,” said an MSRTC official, adding, if found useful, more buses will be enveloped in the coming days.