Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Transport, Highway & Shipping Minister recently presented 20 buses of the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation under the NIRBHAYA scheme to provide safe and secure transport to women, with IT-enabled safety measures.
The 20 buses included 10 luxury and 10 general buses fitted with Vehicle Tracking System, CCTV cameras and panic buttons on every seat to provide immediate help to women passengers in distress. Tracking System and especially the panic buttons will enable the police to know the exact location of the bus and will provide prompt assistance. Gadkari also said that efforts would be made to ensure that the scheme is extended to other buses and other states as well in due course.
The ministry will issue a notification after June 2, 2016, making it mandatory for public vehicles with seating capacity of 23 or above 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.