SAS Nagar admn taking measures to improve women safety in buses

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 22, 2015 11:15 IST

After recent incidents where a 5-year-old was molested by school bus conductor and a teenager was molested and thrown out of a moving bus in Moga, SAS Nagar administration has sprung into action with regards to safety of women travelling in buses.

A counselling session to the same effect was held by deputy commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu on Thursday wherein he talked bus drivers and conductors and advised them to behave properly with female passengers.

District transport officer Karan Singh was also present during the worshop and he said that though cases of misbehaviour in buses were reported in SAS Nagar, steps were being taken to ensure complete safety of women. He added that workshops will be held in the future wherein drivers and conductors will be given etiquette lessons. As of now these workshops will be held for school and college bus drivers and conductors, but those applying for licences will also be provided such counselling. This will be possible when test track becomes operational around September this year,” said Singh.

The driving test track will be built in 3 acres and will be situated at Papri village near Sector 82 SAS Nagar. The track will be equipped with nine CCTV cameras and four sensors.

Computerised tests will be conducted here before the final issuance of licence, which will be given to drivers securing more that 80 marks out of 100.

Sidhu said that this track will bring transparency in licence issuing process.He further shared that besides the track there will be a driving school for bus drivers and conductors, wherein training related to traffic rules, social responsibilities, etiquettes and developing a positive mindset will be provided.

Punjab government is establishing 31 such modern driving test tracks in the state.CCTV CAMERAS Meanwhile, the administration has already asked the educational institutions to install CCTV cameras in their buses.

“Very soon SAS Nagar district will be the first district with CCTV cameras installed in school and college buses. The process for the same has been initiated and transporters have been directed to get the cameras installed at the earliest,” Sidhu had said.

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