The Anand Vihar ISBT, which is located on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, already has an operational testing camp for commuters arriving at the Kaushambi bus terminal on the other side of the border and entering Delhi. On Wednesday, 19 commuters tested positive at this camp and were taken to a quarantine facility. Out of them, 11 are Uttar Pradesh residents and eight from Delhi.
While 543 interstate buses operated from the ISBTs on Day 1, the figure was 629 on Wednesday — 358 from Anand Vihar, 170 from Kashmere Gate and 101 from Sarai Kale Khan.
“Testing will be carried out at all three ISBTs from 6am to 9pm and more public sanitisation facilities are being put up at all of them,” a Delhi government official said. Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal had asked for testing and quarantine facilities and a report has been submitted, he added.
“We had requested the district magistrates to deploy testing teams at the Kashmere Gate and Sarai Kale Khan ISBTs and they have promptly responded. Personnel and facilities will be deployed according to footfalls,” the official said. “Anybody found Covidpositive will be taken to the designated quarantine centre.”
The special testing camp at Anand Vihar, operational since early August, has 47 healthcare personnel, including two doctors, 15 lab technicians and 30 civil defence volunteers, and carries out around 1,500 rapid antigen tests daily.
A team of four healthcare personnel, including two doctors and two lab technicians, are going to be deployed at Sarai Kale Khan, where 400 tests will be carried out every day initially. Adequate arrangements have also been made at Kashmere Gate ISBT, the official said.
“We are planning to deploy over 70 civil defence volunteers inside the ISBT premises to ensure social distancing,” he said.