In a bid to make commuting safer for female travellers, Odisha government Friday ordered the installation of CCTV cameras in all private and government buses operating in the state.
GPS systems to monitor vehicle movement and a passenger information system would also be introduced in buses soon in order to provide better security to passengers, especially women.
As of now, around 400 buses are plying in the state under the transport department. CCTV Cameras would be installed in all of them by July 31, according to official sources. The department subsequently plans to have a vehicle tracking system and passenger information system as well for the safety of passengers.
Ramesh Majhi, Minister of State, Department of Transport informs that the Department has proposed for the inclusion of two additional sub rules in the Odisha Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993. The sub rules would ensure that CCTV cameras and GPS, certified by the RTO are installed in the buses and maintained.
In addition, a database of drivers and helpers for various vehicles would be maintained and regularly updated. The stage carrier permit holder will have to furnish such details to the state transport authority and the regional transport authority in advance. The draft rules also mentions that the police would be issuing a character certificate of the driver and helper, after considering their antecedents.
The transport minister also informed that Volvo bus services would be introduced in the state soon. In the first phase, these buses would ply between- Cuttack-Berhampur, Keonjhar-Bhubaneswar, Jeypore-Rajmahendri and Bisakhapatnam-Jagdalpur.