Women’s Safety not only in one city, it is a major issue of concern across the Nation. Due to increased cases of rape and harassment we all have remained even more worried about the security of women. Well, for the safety of women Bengaluru city has come up with an all-new idea. They have taken a great measure for women commuters traveling at night.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) plans to distribute pink autos as a part of a women welfare scheme. Thus, roads of the city are all set to get their first fleet of pink auto rickshaws and these will remain reserved only for women. This all has been decided after the administrative body planned to reserve 20% of its parking slots for women.
Bengaluru to soon get fleet of pink autos reserved for women. These will be distributed under BBMP’s Social Welfare Scheme & women drivers to be given preference. These will be equipped with CCTV Cameras & GPS trackers. #BetterBengaluru pic.twitter.com/iDcMUpt7YI
— KJ George (@thekjgeorge) January 29, 2018
Moreover, the auto-rickshaws will be furnished with CCTV cameras and GPS trackers. The Chairperson of BBMP, Abdul Rakeeb Zakir told TOI “We plan to distribute 500 pink autos under our welfare schemes. We will provide Rs 80,000 in subsidy for each autorickshaw, and the beneficiary will have to pay the balance. The drivers can be men or women, but if the latter come forward, they will be given preference. We will provide a special training programme for male drivers to behave with woman passengers better”
— Bengaluru/Harish (@WeAreBangalore) January 29, 2018
Apart from Bengaluru, Odisha, Gujarat, U.P., and Assam have also launched pink auto services for women. The city is also planning to launch pink toilets reserved for women in future.
The move by the administration is worth appreciating. Let’s just hope that this great initiative benefits women commuters of the city.