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Delhi govt to form task force for women's safety in public transport

NEW DELHI: Delhi government along with its think tank Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi to make a task force which would formulate a long term plan on providing women safety in the public transport. The task force will be notified by the end of this week.

"The task force will include experts from civil society. We are prepared to launch this initiative and by today or tomorrow we will notify the task force," Jasmine Shah, the Vice Chairperson of DDC told the Millennium Post.

Shah explained that there are some ongoing steps taken by the Delhi government on the issue of women safety in public transport but the goal of this project to escalate the ongoing work, monitor them and also formulate new plans.

"Public transport system and the women safety have been our main focus. Currently, there are some ongoing schemes like deployment of marshals in DTC buses. This task force will monitor such scheme at the ground level thereafter they will ideate the long term plan which would be beneficial for the citizens," said Shah. The Delhi government had planned that from now on all the new buses would have CCTV camera installed inside. The government has also planned that every bus will have panic buttons for women. The government will make a central monitoring room to respond to these panic alarms. The task force made by the DDC will have policy experts, representatives of NGOs, planning experts and others.

After taking the charge of DDC, Shah started working on the public transport system. The DDC has also made a draft electric vehicle policy for the Delhi.

Last year, on November 27, Delhi became the latest entrant to the band of states that have launched electric vehicle/mobility policies by releasing a draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy.

It joined the likes of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, Kerala, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh in drafting a medium- to long-term policy to encourage the growth of an ecosystem around electric mobility. Several other states, such as Gujarat, Goa and Andhra Pradesh, are also in the process of framing such policies.

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