In order to improve the safety of women, Uttar Pradesh State Roadways has decided to equip its buses with GPS tracking systems and panic buttons. According to reports, around 11,750 buses, including regular and AC buses, will receive this upgrade at a cost of 15 crore, ordered by the Nirbhaya Fund. The new units will allow rapid emergency services to be extended in the event of accidents or other calamities.
UPSRTC takes steps to keep women safe
Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation’s buses will soon be upgraded to keep women safe during journeys using much-needed GPS trackers and panic buttons. Officials have informed that this button will connect the bus to UP 112, the state’s police emergency hotline, which will relay the information to UPSRTC. Pavement officers and interceptors will be able to expedite rapid assistance using this mechanism.
For additional assistance, GPS trackers will monitor the exact location of the service, enhancing immediate on-site assistance. Officials also informed that the tracking system will be used by control rooms to monitor buses throughout the journey, 24 hours a day.
The Company’s board of directors is in favor of the project and has given its approval to the installation proposal. The tenders were published on May 28 and bids can be submitted until the June 11 deadline. The agency which wins the call for tenders will be authorized to set up its own command center, to connect to the UP 112 and also to operate the supply. Previously, these arrangements were available on Pink Seva buses, deployed especially for women.