Stating that the transport department has proposed to insert two sub-rules in the Odisha Motor Vehicle Rules, 1993, Majhi added the initiative would ensure the safety of passengers, particularly women passengers.

"Every holder of stage carriage permit shall install a CCTV and GPS in the vehicle duly certified by the Regional Transport Officer and keep such CCTV and GPS in good condition," the draft rules state.

It further says that every holder of stage carriage permit shall intimate in advance to the State Transport Authority and Regional Transport Authority about the name and address of the driver, conductor and helper.

The police report, regarding the antecedents and character of the bus staff, would also be furnished before their engagement, said the draft rules.

Even though the Odisha Private Bus Owners' Association (OPBOA) welcomed the installation of CCTV cameras in their buses, they opposed certain provisions in the draft rules.

Presently, about 15,000 private buses and 426 government buses ply on various routes in the state.

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