New norms for safe public transport
The urban development ministry has issued fresh guidelines to all states to install preventive security apparatus in all modes of public transport –– buses, taxis and autorickshaws ––for safe travel of women and children. The circular, which stressed on installation of two cameras inside buses, was issued on Monday in the light of the recent gang rape in the national Capital.
Highlighting the unreliability of public transport in cities, UD secretary Sudhir Krishna said in his letter, “Presently, most of the cities in India do not have reliable, comfortable, quick and affordable public transport. However, in big cities, the public transport provided lacks in availability of frequency, extent of coverage and adequate safety measures.”