Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced on Wednesday that the inter-district public and private bus transport services including the operations of passenger trains within the state will resume on September 7. It is to be noted that bus transport services within districts across the state resumed on Tuesday. 

CM Palaniswami released an official statement saying the decision has been taken after requests were made by the public to recommence services on the inter-district level for work and business-related activities. He said that authorization has been given to resume operations of inter-district public and private bus transport following the standard operating procedure (SOPs). 

There have been reports stating commuters have had to face ordeals during their travel to other districts as state transport corporations halt the bus services away from the district boundaries, in turn forcing them to walk to the neighboring district to board another bus. 

Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami in the new directive also stated that passenger trains within the state will also resume operations, with all protocols in place to adhere to the SOPs. He requested the people of the state to continue following the safety precautions recommended by health authorities even after the latest lockdown relaxations as part of the Unlock 4.0 phase. He urged everyone to cooperate to the maximum extent and continue wearing masks, washing hands with soap regularly and maintaining social distancing norms, as means to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.