Inspired by the Delhi Gang Rape Case where Jyothi Singh was brutally raped and murdered in a moving bus by a gang of men it has been made mandatory for all public transport buses across India to have new devices of panic buttons, CCTV cameras and vehicle tracking devices to assure safety for women passengers announced Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
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“To ensure safety women after the unfortunate Nirbhaya incident, we have decided to make it mandatory for public transport buses to install emergency panic buttons, CCTV cameras and GPS- enabled vehicle tracking devices,” said Gadkari at a press meet in New Delhi today. All transport buses capacitated to seat more than 23 passengers will have a CCTV camera fixed in it. While the new vehicles will come installed with the devices, the older ones will be installed with these facilities gradually. The Minister also added that a notification of this will be issued by the 2nd of June.
Earlier this month, the ministry had issued these rules under the Motor Vehicle Act and also taken opinion from vehicle manufacturers and other stakeholders.
How is safety in Buses ensured through this system?
- With the new safety devices installed in buses, women who find themselves in unpleasant situation can easily notify the nearest Police station through GPS by a press of the emergency button.
- The bus services will stay under CCTV surveillance connected to global positioning system and will remain under the control of local police.
- The panic button when triggered sends information to the control room which in turn shows the live footage of the passengers inside the bus.
- If the bus reroutes from its prescribed route, the vehicle gets tracked by GPS services.
Although the installation of devices may cost the vehicle owners with notification on 2nd June, buses all over India will hopefully be safer for women travelling.