AAP government approves setting up CCTVs in buses through Nirbhaya Fund

Claudine Rigal
Juin 21, 2017

During his first budget speech as finance minister, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had proposed installation of CCTV cameras in all the DTC and cluster buses in the national capital, but its implementation was delayed for various reasons.

The Delhi government's plan to install CCTV cameras in all Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses moved a step closer to reality after the Cabinet approved the proposal on Tuesday.

One of the key promises of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the CCTV project is aimed at making public transportation safer, particularly for women.

The matter was discussed at length over a series of meetings with central government ministries concerned with the Nirbhaya Fund, including the nodal Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The approval for the same has been given by the Delhi Cabinet.

Besides, there are also about 1,200 cluster buses operated by the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal System (DIMTS).

The objective of this decision is to instill a sense of security in the minds of women commuters and to ensure their safe travel in public service buses. Each of these buses have three CCTV cameras and 15-day data is maintained. The installation and maintenance of the cameras will be for five years. "The moment it is pressed, the control room will get an alert and a team will be activated to thwart the danger", he said.

Under the National Level Vehicle Security and Tracking System project, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has specified the details of the CCTV cameras to be installed in public vehicles. The specification of the proposed CCTV cameras would be either equivalent or higher to the prescribed specifications, the statement added.

In a bid to boost the safety measures for women, the Delhi government today approved a proposal to install CCTV cameras in all the DTC and cluster buses plying in the city.

Nirbhaya (fearless) was the pseudonym given to the Delhi gang rape victim to hide her actual identity.

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