In an effort to enhance security in city buses, particularly for women commuters, Aam Aadmi Party government has decided to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in 5,000 buses in the first phase, besides deploying trained marshals.
The government will make a provision of around Rs 100 crore in the upcoming Budget to execute the flagship project for CCTV installation that will cover DTC and Orange-colour Cluster buses.
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At present, there are around 4,700 DTC buses out of which 924 standard-floor buses (yellow) are all set to be scrapped as they have completed their age.
Apart from that, 1,300 cluster buses, run by Delhi Integrated Multi-Model Transit System (DIMTS), are also plying in the capital.
“Government has decided to install CCTV cameras in 5,000 DTC and cluster buses. As per plan, three CCTV camears will be installed in each bus to keep a close vigil on every passenger,” Transport Minister Gopal Rai told PTI.
According to the government, installation of CCTVs will help to check any attempt of violence against women or eve-teasing in buses.
“CCTVs will be installed in all DTC low-floor buses, including air conditioned buses. All the 1300 cluster buses (orange) will also come under this project,” the minister said.
A senior official said that government will make a provision of in the upcoming Budget to execute the project.
Apart from CCTV project, around five thousand trained marshals will also soon be deployed in all buses to put a check on incidents of eve-teasing and violence against women.
“At present, the government is currently providing training to personnel of Home Guard and Civil Defence as marshals to prevent and deter crime, especially against women.
“Government will also make a provision of some funds for them separately in the Budget.
“These marshals will soon be deployed in the city’s buses plying in the national capital,” the official also said.