By Newsgram Staff Writer
The New Delhi Municipal Corporation is planning to launch an all women Cab service in the city under its authority in view of, the increasing number of crimes against women in taking place in public transport facilities. The cab services to be run exclusively by women drivers will be named Shakti (power), reported The Indian Express.
NDMC had planned to commence the cab service with a fleet of 20 taxis on the International Women’s day on March 8, however, it got postponed. “We have approached the Transport department to launch the project. While around 100 taxis are needed for launching such a service, we do not have enough funds at present to ply so many cabs. So we have sought the Transport department’s permission to begin a pilot project with 20 vehicles,” said NDMC chairperson Jalaj Shrivastav.
This step has been taken as an initiative in view of the gang rape of a 25 year old working professional working in Gurgaon by her taxi driver. “Whether it was the December 16 gang rape or the Uber rape case, providing safe transport lies at the heart of stopping such crimes,” a transport official said.
NDMC has approached Maruti Suzuki for procurement of cabs. The women drivers will be recruited from the technical institute run by NDMC and ”the tariffs are likely to be in sync with Delhi Transport Department rates, however, the council will take a call on this”, Srivastava said.
Women drivers will be employed to run vehicles ferrying school children. Since children are easy target of such sexual crimes. The project is all set to be launched next month and is surely a welcoming step for ensuring women’s safety.