Buses to have more seats for eves, GPS


The government is planning to double the number of seats reserved for women in buses, and make installation of CCTV cameras and global positioning system (GPS) mandatory on all private and state-run Kadamba Transport Corporation buses, in the wake of the recent rape and subsequent death of a 23- year-old Delhi paramedical student. 
 The government is also debating whether cameras should be placed on interstate buses. Transport Minister Ramakrishna Dhavalikar told Herald, that the government was working on different measures to increase the safety of women on buses. 
“In the first phase, government plans to increase the number of seats reserved for women both in small and big buses,” he said, adding that the government was also considering installing CCTV cameras and GPS on all state and inter state buses. “The system will help us to track the location of the bus as and when needed. We can also keep a tight vigil on conductors, drivers and passengers in the bus, through camera,” he said. 
The state has around 1400 private buses and 380 KTC buses. 
Elaborating, Transport Director, Arun Desai said that the proposal to double the number of reserved seats for women would be put up before the State Transport Authority (STA) headed by secretary transport for a final decision. The STA meeting is yet to be scheduled. 
Desai said that at present four seats are reserved for women in mini buses and eight in big buses. “The decision was taken following requests from several women organizations and Goa State Commission for Women. They had raised fear on safety of women in buses,” he said. 
To ensure that the reserved seats are occupied by women only, Dessai said that surprise checks would be conducted in buses and the number of enforcement teams would be increased. [H]