The Delhi government recently launched a pilot project for installing a panic alarm system in city buses and in a years time Delhi government aims to install alarm systems on all city buses.
If anyone presses one of the four panic buttons installed in the bus, a loud beeping alarm will be activated for 40 seconds, during which time it cannot be deactivated.
The driver would then stop the bus at the left side of the road and the conductor would check why it was pressed.
If the situation cannot be addressed on the spot, the conductor would then call the Depot Manager, who will intimate PCR van if necessary.
In order to facilitate the Depot Manager and Central Command Centre of bus operations the location of the place where the alarm is pressed, the alarm system will be integrated with the bus’s GPS location.
Speaking about the pilot project, Kailash Gahlot, Transport Minister, said, “Panic alarms in buses will add the third line of defence to ensure women’s safety in Delhi buses. Our government has already deployed bus marshals in all DTC buses and implemented CCTVs in 200 DTC buses on a pilot basis.”
“By March 2019, we will be scaling up all these three initiatives to cover all DTC and cluster buses, thereby guaranteeing a safe and harassment-free bus ride for Delhi’s women.” He concluded.