The plans to make city public transport safer remain just that — plans. While elaborate discussions have been held and detailed measures have been chalked out, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has not got the wheels rolling on its ‘CCTV cameras in buses’ project. It has also not been able to hire additional staff to frisk passengers.
The security arrangements were required given that many DTC buses ply late night. “There are at least seven late night bus routes, including ISBT Kashmere Gate to Bawana, New Delhi railway station to Nand Nagri, ISBT Kashmere Gate to Abul Fazal Enclave (Okhla), Old Delhi railway station to Mubarkpur. Some of these buses operate till 4.50 am. The bus from Nangloi to New Delhi railway station is one such example,’’ a DTC spokesperson said.
The CCTV camera specifications were supposed to to be worked out by Delhi Police, but never moved beyond the pilot project stage, officials said. DTC officials claim what has worked in their favour is the fact that their conductors and drivers are permanent employees.
“We also carry out gender sensitisation training for our staff. In order to improve security measures, we are soon going to activate the panic buttons on our 3,000-odd buses. In case of any untoward incident, our central control room can be alerted immediately,’’ the spokesperson said.
The Transport department has announced that for permits for new autorickshaws, women drivers will be given preference. But, so far, no woman driver has come forward. The department started issuing permits in September.
“No woman has come forward to apply for an auto permit till now. But we have been told that some women are being given training to operate autos in the city. While this step was taken to ensure safe travel for women in the city, the security of the women drivers might also be a concern now,’’ an official said.
A total of 45,000 new autos have to be added on Delhi’s roads under the new policy.