Panic alarms in five clus­ter buses to test con­cept

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | WOMEN’S DAY -

New Delhi: Delhi gov­ern­ment launched panic alarm but­tons in five buses as a pilot project on the eve of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day. The gov­ern­ment plans to have panic but­tons in all pub­lic trans­port buses by March 2019.

“Panic alarms in buses will add the third line of de­fence to en­sure safety of women in Delhi buses. Our gov­ern­ment has al­ready de­ployed bus mar­shals in all DTC buses, and imp- le­mented CCTVs in 200 DTC buses on a pilot ba­sis,” said trans­port min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot. “By March 2019, we will be scal­ing up these ini­tia­tives to cover all DTC and clus­ter buses to guar­an­tee a safe and ha­rass­ment-free bus ride for women,” he said.

The alarms have been put in five clus­ter buses ply­ing on the route 522. The project has been im­ple­mented in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a Ban­ga­lore-based NGO, Project Durga, work­ing in the area of women safety RES­CUE BUT­TON: and gen­der eq­uity in pub­lic spa­ces in the coun­try.

On-board an­nounce­ments and LED dis­play boards will pub­li­cise that the bus is equipped with a panic alarm sys­tem. Four panic but­tons have been in­stalled to cover the en­tire length of the ve­hi­cle. If any of the alarms is pressed, a loud beep­ing alarm will be ac­ti­vated for 40 sec­onds, which then can­not be de­ac­ti­vated. Upon hear­ing the alarm, the driver will take the bus to the left­most part of the road and bring it to stop. The con­duc­tor will be able to see ex­actly which alarm was pressed, and in­ter­vene in the sit­u­a­tion. If the sit­u­a­tion isn’t mi­nor and can­not be ad­dressed on the spot, the con­duc­tor will im­me­di­ately call the de­pot man­ager, who will in­ti­mate PCR van if nec­es­sary.

The panic alarm sys­tem will also be in­te­grated with the bus GPS lo­ca­tion, to im­me­di­ately alert the de­pot man­ager and cen­tral com­mand cen­tre of clus­ter bus op­er­a­tions at DIMTS Kash­mere gate.

A loud beep will go off on press­ing the but­ton

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