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Gadkari inaugurates 20 IT-enabled buses under Nirbhaya scheme
May 25, 2016

New Delhi: The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, dedicated 20 buses of the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation with IT-enabled safety measures for women under the Nirbhaya Scheme in Delhi on Wednesday.

As an initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways under the NIRBHAYA Scheme, 10 luxury buses and 10 general buses have been provided with Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), CCTV cameras and Panic Buttons on every seat to provide immediate help to women passengers in distress.

Gadkari said that certain unfortunate incidents in the recent past have forced his Ministry to take this step, so that women travelling in buses will be more safe. He informed that the CCTV cameras, the Vehicle Tracking System and especially the Panic Buttons will enable the police to know the exact location of the bus and provide prompt assistance. The Minister also said that efforts would be made to ensure that the scheme is extended to other buses and other States also in due course. He also said buses in future should be manufactured along with these features. Shri Gadkari said that these measures will keep anti-social elements under check.

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will issue a notification next month making it mandatory for public vehicles with seating capacity of 23 or more to have CCTV camera, Vehicle Location Tracking Device and Panic Buttons. Those with seating capacity of less than 23 will be required to have Vehicle Tracking Device and emergency buttons. A draft notification has already been issued in this regard.

The scheme, approved by the Union Cabinet in January last year, includes setting up of a unified system at the National Level (National Vehicle Security and Tracking System) and State level (City Command and Control Centre) for GPS tracking of the location of, emergency buttons in and video recording of incidents in public transport vehicles.

In the first phase, 32 cities in 13 States with a population of 10 lakhs or more will be covered. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 1,404.68 cr which will be funded by the Ministry of Finance from the 'Nirbhaya Fund'.

Once the scheme is made operational in major million plus cities, ensuring safe, reliable and comfortable public passenger bus service across the country will be made possible.

The scheme will include maping of routes of the public vehicles, tracking of vehicles on the route, highlighting of violations through visual and text signals, panic button alert to transport and police through visual, text and voice, permit, registration and license cancellation based criteria for enforcement and providing safety and security to women and girl child in distress in minimum response time.

Video recording in public transport vehicles with large seating capacity will be used as evidence. This will act a preventive measure for probable offenders.

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