District administration starts survey to assess women’s safety in city
The district administration has started a public survey to assess the safety parameters of streets, public transport and workplaces for women in Gurugram. From gauging factors important for safety on roads to identifying black spots where women feel unsafe, the survey, which is being conducted online, will help the administration and other government agencies to take necessary measures for increasing security for women in the city.
“The ultimate aim of the survey is to get an account of the problems at the ground level — like areas where women feel the most unsafe, identifying black spots so that police patrolling can be increased and similarly, changes required in the public transport system to make women feel secure,” said Yash Garg, deputy commissioner, Gurugram.
The survey is part of the women’s safety campaign that is going to be launched on March 12. It has been divided into parts to gauge safety in public places, workplace and awareness and effectiveness of existing systems and services for women in distress, such as women helpline number and one-stop centre.
A link to the survey has been made available on the social media pages of the district administration. It includes topics of public safety on streets, taking into account important factors of the presence of streetlights, people, street vendors and women on the streets, public transport connectivity, condition of footpaths and presence of CCTV cameras.
The survey will assess safety in popular markets, malls, parks and religious places, and also gauge accessibility, functionality and maintenance of public toilets in Gurugram.
“The purpose is to get quantitative and qualitative suggestions on existing public safety in the city along with awareness regarding existing government services. For this, the district administration has aligned with different departments to resolve concerns that will emerge through the survey,” said Nayonika, associate, Chief Ministers Good Governance Associate (CMGGA) Programme, who has been handling the project.
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), Gurugram police and Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) are also aligned with the programme. The survey also seeks suggestions on creating pedestrian-only stretches and seeks opinion on cycle tracks and safe pedestrian crossings to encourage non-motorised transport.