Cab services exclusively for women in city from March 8

Jyotsna Angara

Jyotsna Angara   | Photo Credit: file photo

Four cars driven by women to be launched in first phase

Women for Women (WoW) cab services will roll out its first set of four cars in the city on March 8.

YoDee (Yosha Deedithi Foundation), which conceived WoW, is supported by Telangana government, Department of Women Development and Child Welfare, TSRTC, Transport department, police and several other institutions and NGOs.

Minister for Women and Child Welfare Satyavathi Rathod will launch the service on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day celebrations. Four women drivers — D. Sharada, V .Dhanalakshmi, M. Soujanya and T. Sharada — are among 36 women who were trained for several months will operate the cabs, announced Jyotsna Angara, founder of YoDee at a media conference here on Monday. The women are in the age group of 28 to 40 years and married.

The women drivers are also trained in confidence building, road etiquette, self-defence, first aid, small repairs, basic English and communication skills, Google map reading and have knowledge of the topography of the city.

The cost of each vehicle is ₹5.25 lakh and DWCW has subsidised to the extent of 35% and government provided 10% margin money. Overall, the beneficiaries got a subsidy of ₹2.25 lakh. Only women can avail this cab service through EasyCommute App, the technology partner.

EasyCommute is an intra-city mobile-based AC bus shuttle service to make daily commute easy for working professionals, said Ankit, a representative of EasyCommute.

The WoW service will be initially available during the day and subsequently, will be extended. Another four or more cars would be launched in the second phase in April and the aim is to roll out 100 women-driven cars by the end of next financial year, added Ms.Angara.

She added that Sh(e) Autos are on the anvil and electrical auto-rickshaws would be again be by women for women.

Women aspiring to be independent may approach YoDee that would provide training free of cost and help them become part of WoW, she said. To apply, one must have minimum educational qualification of class 8, Aadhaar card and be able to provide proof of address. More details can be had on 77022-23405.

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