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Delhi govt directed to complete installation of panic buttons, tracking devices in buses

Delhi government was on Tuesday directed by the Delhi HC to push forward with and complete installation of panic buttons and tracking devices in all Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses.

The direction came at the hearing of a PIL on rising incidents of snatching, theft and eve teasing on DTC buses.

The petition, filed by the Anti Corruption Council of India, had submitted that passengers, especially women, were not safe on the buses which have become a “hub” of eve-teasing, snatching and theft.

In its response, the Delhi government said that all new cluster buses as well as the DTC fleet have CCTV, panic buttons and vehicle tracking system installed.
The project is being implemented in the existing 5,541 buses (3,762 DTC and 1,679 cluster buses), the government informed the court. Panic buttons and Automatic Vehicle Location Tracking System (AVLTS) are being installed as well, it added.

As of now, all buses have not been equipped with the said systems due to the delay caused by Covid, it said.

The court took note of the detailed affidavit filed by the Delhi Transport Department in a PIL, and said that no further orders are required to be passed in this matter.

The court said, “However, the Delhi government is directed to ensure the completion of project for installation of panic buttons and AVLTS in all the buses within the time frame as per the terms and conditions of the agreement executed between the government and the contractor.”

The govt also informed the court that civil defence volunteers were deployed by initially for a period of three months and their services are being extended from time to time.

12,238 bus marshals have been deployed on the DTC and cluster buses, it said.

The government’s affidavit further said that DTC has added 253 new electric buses to its fleet, all of which have an integrated command and control centre for tracking all GPS feeds and getting live video when a panic button is used.

Panic alerts have been integrated through an API with 112 platforms of the Delhi Police, it added.

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