Cyberabad police are tightening security in the IT corridors and the Outer Ring Road (ORR) by adding four more checkposts. Moreover, five new patrol vehicles and 80 policemen would be stationed at strategic locations.
The decision follows the Abhaya sexual assault that occurred at Madhapur a few weeks ago, and is part of a five-point security formula to increase public transportation, regulate autorickshaws and taxis, deploy more police personnel, install surveillance cameras, etc.
Under the initiative, the APSRTC had launched 40 buses on five new routes connecting Bachupally-Waverock in Nanakramguda, Lingampally-Waverock, Lingampally-Waverock via HCU depot, Mehdipatnam-Q City and ESI-Waverock and other IT corridors on Tuesday.
These buses are targeted at IT employees so that they can avoid rickshaws and taxis.
Travelling in RTC buses is always safe, especially for women passengers, said RTC Greater Hyderabad zone Executive Director A. Koteswara Rao. Cyberabad Commissioner C.V. Anand said 150 surveillance cameras would be installed in the area. These would be monitored from a central control room set up at a cost of Rs. 5 crore.
RTC Managing Director and Vice-Chairman A.K. Khan said the corporation would incur a daily operational expenditure of Rs.10,000. He urged IT employees to make best use of them.
“Travelling in buses is economical, helps in reducing pollution and decongesting the roads,” Mr. Khan explained. APIIC Executive Director E. Venkat Narsimha Reddy, Cyberabad Security Council Secretary Srinivasa Prasad and others also spoke.