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Gurgaon plans women-only cab service

Officials said the project will be made functional by four agencies, including the district administration, Rudset Institute, Tata Motors and several banks.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
February 17, 2015 3:10:04 am

To curb incidents of eve-teasing and crimes against women, the Gurgaon district administration has mooted a project to run women-only cabs, which will also be driven by women. Officials said the administration will also help interested women to buy cabs and run the service.

Officials said the project will be made functional by four agencies, including the district administration, Rudset Institute, Tata Motors and several banks.

According to the proposal, Rudset will identify women who are willing run the cabs. Rudset will impart 21-day training in soft skills to the women. The training venue as well as the trainer will be provided by Tata Motors, which will also provide a Nano.

The administration will assist the trained drivers to get licences and their vehicles registered, and will ask partner banks to provide loans to purchase the cars.

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“We are planning to ask multinational companies and call centres in Gurgaon to tie up with this cab service for picking up and dropping their women employees. This will also help women drivers to repay their loans easily and contribute in enhancing their family income,” Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner T L Satya Prakash said.

The Deputy Commissioner said the service will help in generating employment for women and in controlling crimes against women. The women drivers will also have a dress code, he said.

The Gurgaon police will work closely with this dedicated cab service. “It will have a helpline. In case of an emergency, the woman driver can call for help. After reaching a consensus, the women can also coin a specialised name for the service,” the Deputy Commissioner said.

Gurgaon already has ‘pink autos’ plying only for women commuters.

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