Public transport in Delhi is like the life line of the city. Be it the Delhi Metro which is constantly expanding to touch new areas or the DTC buses that take you to the interiors of the city where the metro does not reach, public transport in Delhi is used by millions everyday.
However, one issue that still needs to be addressed is that of safety of passengers in the DTC buses and to tackle this, the authorities aim to install new CCTV cameras and panic buttons at every 3 rows of the existing buses.
What’s the update?
For a long time, DTC buses have been running across Delhi in a somewhat haphazard method. There is no real form of safety that is onboard the buses and the lack of this makes it easy for wrong-doers to flout rules. With this in mind, the Delhi government is planning to install new CCTV cameras and panic buttons on every third row of each bus.
With the help of the surveillance cameras, authorities can keep a check on passengers and ensure that each and every rule is followed by commuters. Additionally, it will also help in identifying the rogues thereby making it easier for authorities to track them down in case of an emergency. Also, the new panic button will come as an advantage as it will automatically alert the driver, conductor and transport authorities.
As of now, over 5,000 buses are expected to get the new features. Additionally, the buses will also be installed with GPS trackers so that the response time in case of an emergency is quicker.
Why the need?
The DTC buses are often regarded as some of the most unsafe forms of commute but the masses are at a lack of options. Since it is rather convenient, people often put their lives at risk travelling in the buses to get to their destination cheaper.
The move will benefit almost all commuters across all strata of life. The new changes make DTCs very safe and herald a newer, more high tech method of transport within Delhi and will become a boon for residents across the National Capital.