Soon, all public buses to have panic but­tons, CCTV and GPS

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NEW DELHI: In the com­ing months, buses across the coun­try will be fit­ted with panic but­tons, CCTVs and GPS — an ef­fort to make public trans­port safer for women in the wake of ris­ing crime and vi­o­lence against them.

It fol­lows the govern­ment’s de­ci­sion last month to make it manda­tory for all mo­bile phones sold in In­dia from 2017 to come with a panic but­ton — ac­ti­vated by press­ing a sin­gle key.

“We is­sued a draft no­ti­fi­ca­tion on May 2 to amend the cen­tral motor ve­hi­cle rules, mak­ing the in­stal­la­tion of safety de­vices (on buses) manda­tory. We hope to fi­nalise the no­ti­fi­ca­tion by June,” road

trans­port min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari said Wednesday, flag­ging off the first 20 buses — of the Ra­jasthan state trans­port fleet — as a pi­lot project. The safety de­vices will be in­stalled in all public buses in In­dia with a car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity of

over 23 pas­sen­gers. A panic but­ton will be placed in front of each seat. “If a woman in dis­tress presses it, a sig­nal will go to a cen­tralised con­trol room and help will be sent,” said a road min­istry of­fi­cial. CON­TIN­UED ON P11

SAUMYA KHANDELWAL/HT

Union min­is­ters Nitin Gad­kari (right) and Maneka Gandhi in­side a bus with safety mea­sures for women af­ter its launch un­der Nirb­haya Scheme in New Delhi on Wednesday..

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