Delhi government announces steps to improve public transport

Delhi government announces steps to improve public transport
New Delhi The Delhi government today announced a slew of measures to improve public transport, including increased trips by DTC buses as well as installing GPS devices in public vehicles.

Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami has directed the Delhi Transportation Corporation (DTC) "to further augment night provide connectivity to more places and colonies...the Delhi Police would be requested to provide security", a statement said.

This comes in the wake of the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman inside a moving bus with tinted glasses and thick curtains on Sunday night.

Further, Mr Goswami has requested the Delhi Metro to extend its services by an hour till midnight.

Directions have also been issued to ensure that global positioning system (GPS) devices are installed in all public vehicles.

"It was decided to immediately start the GPS System in autos and in gramin sewa vehicles," said the statement issued by the transport department, adding that the system has already been installed in DTC and cluster buses and "is being made fully functional".

Directing his officials to check Public Service Vehicle (PSV) badges of those driving public vehicles, Mr Goswami said that a list of persons having the badges would be made available on the internet.

He further directed all public vehicles to immediately remove any curtains or tints on their windows and install white lights in the cabin to make the inside of the buses visible.

"The public vehicles will also display prominently the details of information related to the driver and telephone numbers which a passenger can contact, if he/she faces any difficulty," said the statement.
Story First Published: December 23, 2012 00:11 IST

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