Security for women in India enhanced

New Delhi, Jan 2 : The Centre on Thursday said the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved 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 Global Positioning System (GPS), tracking of the location of emergency buttons in and video recording of incidents in public transport vehicles in 32 cities of the country.

All the cities have a population of one million or more, as per the 2011 census.

The implementation of the project will help in:

i) Mapping of routes of public vehicles;

ii) Tracking of vehicles on the route;

iii) Highlighting of violations through visual and text signals;

iv) Panic button alert to transport and police through visual, text and voice.

v) Permit, registration and licence cancellation based criteria for enforcement.

(vi) Providing safety and security to women / girl child in distress in minimum response time.

The total estimated cost of the project will be Rs.1405 crore.

The project will be implemented within a period of two years after allocation of funds to set up a National Level Vehicle Security and Tracking System and City Command & Control Centre with installation of GPS / CCTV / Panic buttons in public road transport.

The scheme for security for women in public road transport has been formulated with purpose of improving safety and protection of women from violence by using information technology in the following manner:

I. Tracking of all public transport vehicles: This shall be done in accordance with Sections 72, 74, 75 and 76 of Central Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. Defaults will be reported and updated on the data base of the vehicle.

II. Emergency button in all public transport vehicles: The button will generate an alarm in the system. For vehicles which are also provided with facilities for video recording, the City Command and Control Centre can receive pictures of actual incidents and raise an alarm with the nearest police and transport patrol to reach the bus.

III.Video recording in public transport vehicles with large seating capacity: Incidents recorded will be kept for seven days in the on-board unit and can be used as evidence and arrest of accused in case of any incident.

--IBNS (Posted on 03-01-2014)

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