New Delhi: After the terrible gang-rape of a young girl in a moving bus in Vasant Vihar area of the national capital, the Ministry and the Court had directed the government to install an alarm system and CCTV cameras in all public transport buses. But six months down the line, CCTV cameras are yet to be installed in these DTC buses and other public transport vehicles. However, the panic button installed in low-floor buses is now getting operational. Pressing the panic button will lead to flash-lights and siren sounds.

Earlier the deadline to make these panic buttons operational was set till April 30 which was extended to May 31. Now, on a trial basis, it has been started in a few buses originating from different depots. If the passenger presses the panic button, it will sound a siren alert as well as light up the red signal near the driver’s console. The driver will immediately get to know that someone in the passenger area is in trouble.

The decision to make panic buttons operational was taken in the meeting headed by Transport Minister of Delhi, Ramakant Goswami. The Transport Minister said that the police also need to act after the move from the transport department. He further said that when the trials are over, the panic buttons will be made operational in other 3,300 low-floor DTC buses as well.

JPN/Bureau

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