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617 hot spots in Chennai to be made women-friendly

The Tamil Nadu government plans to operate 'Women only' MTC buses will for 500 trips every day.

The Tamil Nadu government plans to operate 'Women only' MTC buses will for 500 trips every day.   | Photo Credit: B_JOTHI RAMALINGAM

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Nirbhaya Fund to be used to create civic infrastructure for project

The State government has issued an order, giving its nod for development of civic facilities for promoting safety of women in public places in Chennai, utilising the Nirbhaya Fund.

Civic agencies such as Chennai Corporation, Police and the Metropolitan Transport Corporation will begin work on commissioning the facilities shortly. Senior officials of the Union Home Ministry held a meeting this week with the civic officials on the status of implementation of the project. “We will develop safe zone clusters for women in 617 hot crime zones in the city,” said an official.

The project would include the development of multi-utility smart poles with emergency panic box, public address system and Wi-Fi connectivity. “The lighting in such areas will be centrally connected to the command control centre,” said an official. The cost of the project is estimated at ₹131.72 crore.

Women only buses will be operated for 500 trips every day by MTC. Women only coaches in EMUs, MRTS and Chennai Metro will be introduced. “Gender sensitisation workshops for drivers and conductors of MTC buses will be conducted,” said an official.

Surveillance cameras will be installed at an estimated cost of ₹113.97 crore in beaches, bus terminus, markets, temples and ladies college. “This will have facial recognition facility,” said an official.

Officials will start tracking and tracing 500 buses fitted with cameras. RFID tagging of 50,000 autorickshaws and taxis will begin shortly. This project is estimated to cost around ₹72.71 crore.

“Women will get 500 e-toilets in vulnerable locations including slums. Thirty mobile toilets for women police personnel and corporation officials will be installed,” said an official.

GIS-based mapping of areas of crimes against women will be integrated with services on mobile app at an estimated cost of ₹7.80 crore. “We will conduct gender sensitisation campaigns in schools and colleges. Roads shows will be conducted at 100 locations,” said an official.

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