UP plans panic button in buses, Ola/UberUP plan panic button in public transport

Virendra Singh Rawat

To add another dimension to the ‘safe cities’ in Uttar Pradesh, the state government is working towards installing panic buttons in buses and ride hailing cabs including Ola and Uber.

Under the Safe City Project, the government is also establishing modern day care centers for senior citizens in 17 municipal corporations and Gautam Buddha Nagar district.

The plan to install CCTV cameras and panic buttons in buses, Ola, and Uber cabs is aimed at enhancing the safety of women.

According to a government spokesperson, ramps are being constructed in government and private buildings for the convenience of ‘divyangjan’ (differently-abled persons).

Besides, public information in Braille script is being included for the visually challenged individuals.

With these measures, the state is looking to improve upon the safety and convenience of women, senior citizens, and the differently-abled.

In UP, more than 21,000 city buses apart from Ola and Uber taxis will be equipped with CCTV and panic buttons in UP.

These include 1,235 city buses; 9,840 Ola vehicles; 1,122 Uber vehicles; and 8,958 other private vehicles.

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Meanwhile, CCTV cameras and panic buttons have already been installed in 700 buses. These vehicles have also been integrated with UP-112 service. The process to cover cabs and other private vehicles in the drive is going on at a fast pace.

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