Uttarakhand’s state-run buses plying to New Delhi and Chandigarh are to be fitted with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for women’s security in particular.
Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) plans to get all its buses fitted with this surveillance device, though starting with nearly 100 buses air-conditioned and luxury buses going to the two cities. “We will float the tender within 10 days and complete the installation in six months hopefully,” UTC managing director Brijesh Kumar Sant told HT. UTC is a government undertaking that coordinates road transport services in the state. Its fleet of 1,146 buses carries more than 1 lakh people daily. From Dehradun alone, 85 buses go to Delhi every day.
“The awareness that they are being watched will discourage men on board from passing casual remarks at or behaving inappropriately with woman passengers,”said Delhi University student Shuchi Gusain, a frequent bus traveller between the national capital and Dehradun.
In July, a woman passenger had alleged molestation by a fellow passenger aboard a Dehradun-Delhi luxury bus. Her mother went to the state women’s commission, which in hearing in August, called for gender-sensitisation workshops for the drivers and conductors of the state-run buses. “The CCTV camera move will also help us supervise the behaviour of the member of our staff and the conductors who pocket ticket money but don’t issue any ticket,”said Sant.
As of now, cameras are aboard two all-woman buses on the Dehradun-Haridwar and Dehradun-Rishikesh routes. Similar bus service is planned on the Dehradun-Mussoorie and Haldwani-Nainital-Rudrapur routes.