After all-women Pink Autos, Gurgaon streets are likely to soon see Pink Cabs, or customized Tata Nanos driven by women only for women. Initially, about 50 such cabs are expected to hit the road.
Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institute ( RUDSET), Tata Motors and nationalised banks have decided to come together to float the ‘ only women taxis’ with the support of the district administration. While RUDSET will identify candidates for the project and provide them with 21 days of training, Tata Motors will provide customize their cheapest car, Nano into taxis.
The taxis will be driven by women who will have to buy the car. The par ticipating banks will finance the purchase of these customized cabs. The total number of cabs that would be running on the streets will be decided based on the number of candidates come up for the proposal. Cab drivers will also get a dress code.
The Gurgaon administration has also given a thought about the safety of women drivers and passengers. The administration will help in training women drivers and in getting the driving licence. It will also have a helpline where the woman driver can contact for help. “The nittygritty of the concept are under discussion,” said Gurgaon’s de puty commissioner, TL SatyaPrakash.
After the rape of a woman by a Uber cab driver, working women in Gurgaon had raised the concern over their safety while travelling in cabs. “The cab service will keep a check on the safety and security of the women in the city,” said Satya Prakash.
Gurgaon being an IT hub has a huge market for 24x7 cab services. “Scores of women employees work during odd hours and it becomes the responsibility of the employers to arrange for their for the drop facility. We would be contacting these corporate and encourage them to use this service. This would generate employment for women,” added Satya Prakash.