New Delhi: In a bid to expedite work on making public transport service safer for commuters, especially women, the Delhi government has invited tenders from private companies for installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) and their monitoring in all public transport vehicles in the city.  

“Besides installation of GPS and CCTV cameras in auto rickshaw, DTC and cluster buses, the monitoring of these public vehicles are also important. So, we have invited tenders from private firms which will work with DIMTS to meet the challenge,” said Delhi Transport Minister, Ramakant Goswami.

The Transport Department has invited tenders from the private companies after leading Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, in its January 30 edition, highlighted the delay in work and lackadaisical approach of the government over the issue. Presently, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) is managing the work of GPS installation and monitoring of vehicles.

Recently, several complaints of malfunctioning of GPS instruments installed in the auto rickshaws in the city have come into light.

After the brutal incident of gang rape of 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in Delhi last year, the Union Home Ministry had directed the Transport Department to install GPS system and CCTV cameras in all public transport vehicles by February 1. But the DIMTS failed to meet the deadline.

(JPN/Bureau)

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