Even as a slew of crimes against women have hogged headlines over the last few days, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said global positioning systems (GPS) would be installed on smaller public transport vehicles like auto-rickshaws, vans etc and school buses for women’s safety.
The system to be installed on around 15,000 vehicles would include a button which, if pressed, would forward information about the potential threat to a woman’s safety to the police.
The state government would provide Rs 8 crore for the system. The number of posts reserved for women in the police had also been increased to 30% (from 10% earlier.
No harm would be allowed to come to women and attempts were being made to strengthen security and safety arrangements for them, said Chouhan after dedicating a bridge at Geeta Bhavan to the public on Saturday.
Addressing the public after laying the foundation stone for a Rs 8 crore bridge at Samvad Nagar, the CM said five lakh houses would be built for the poor in five years. He said illegal colonies would be regularised. More than a third of the city’s inhabitants currently live in colonies that lack the necessary permissions.
Reiterating an earlier declaration, Chouhan said preparation for the Indore metro was progressing at a fast speed and work would begin soon. He added that a sum of Rs 375 crore had been sanctioned for purifying the Khan river and authorities were probing various possibilities about getting Narmada water to the river.
Urban Development minister Kailash Vijayvargiya said money would not be allowed to come in the way of development. The budget for urban development department had been increased from Rs 600 crore to Rs 6,000 crore.
Stressing on the environmental improvements made during his tenure, Moghe said groundwater levels had increased and Indore had been removed from the red alert category. He also said a network of roads would be built using the `150 crore provided by the CM Infrastructure Plan.
Chouhan then moved to Gangaur Ghat, where he handed over a symbolic key to a duplex apartment valued at around Rs 17 lakh to Raj Dulari, the widow of lance naik Gyan Singh Parihar, who died on duty while serving at the border sector in Poonch (Jammu & Kashmir). He also handed over a cheque for `10 lakh to the widow.
Parihar died of a cardiac arrest in the first week of October while posted at Poonch sector. He left behind his widow and a daughter aged around five years The four-bedroom duplex apartment was located at Pink City developed by Indore Development Authority (IDA) AT Scheme No 78 (Niranjanpur).
A programme attended by the CM at Vishwakarma Nagar was still underway till the filing of this report.