Toll free ‘Women’s Help Line’ number introduced
KTC on Thursday introduced a toll free ‘Women’s Help Line’ number 1800 233 9333. This number would be displayed on buses.
In a turn to the event, female journalists, including HERALD reporter, who were present to cover the function, inaugurated the helpline number along with KTCL Chairman Carlos Almeida. The corporation Thursday also launched its online monthly pass scheme, making the services people friendly. Till now, the scheme, introduced on January 1, has benefited around 10,400 people while another 8,500 applications are pending.
Speaking at the inaugural, KTCL Deputy Manager S L Ghate said that the rape incident reported in Delhi, raised concerns over safety of women in buses. “It has been observed that female passengers shy away from complaining against any form of harassment in buses by male commuters or conductors. Hence, this toll free number will help them to register their complaints directly to KTCL management, where immediate action would be initiated,” he said. The number would be displayed along with government introduced helpline number ~1091. KTCL urged people not to misuse the helpline number. [H]