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