Come Monday and Delhi Police would make your commuting by bus a safe and secure affair.
Keeping in view the vulnerability of bus stops, traffic police along with local police would start manning city's 300 most susceptible bus stops. Of them, 200 will be manned by the local police while 100 will be manned by traffic police.
"Visibility of police at bus stops is the need of the hour. Their presence will give a sense of security to commuters and will also create fear psychosis among the miscreants. Besides, they will check violations like overtaking, lane violation, halting at non-designated places, unnecessary halting and improper parking by autos at the bus stops," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Thousands of women commuters — mostly the office goers — face mental and physical harassment everyday at bus stops. From Monday their safety and security will be ensured by women traffic constables. Each of them will be accompanied by their male counterpart. Police, however, did not disclose which bus stops will be manned by traffic police and which by local police.
At most of the bus stops police will be present during morning and evening peak hours, while at some they will be present between 8 am and 10 pm.
Traffic police would deploy about 300 constables including 40 women for the job, while each of 186 police stations would be responsible to man at least two bus stops, said a senior police officer.
"One of our prime responsibilities would be to assure safety and security of women commuters. In case of any misbehaviour or harassment with them strict action will be taken against the wrongdoers," Garg added, saying, “One of the staff will go inside the bus and make announcements to alert passengers to be vigilant about suspicious objects. They will also randomly check belongings of passengers.”