Tracking devices in commercial vehicles
State transport Minister Govind Rajput on Wednesday said a GPS-based control-cum-command centre would be set up in the state capital to track the real time location of commercial vehicles.
BHOPAL: The state government is planning to install tracking devices and panic buttons in all commercial passenger vehicles in a bid to ensure the safety of passengers, especially women. State transport Minister Govind Rajput on Wednesday said a GPS-based control-cum-command centre would be set up in the state capital to track the real time location of commercial vehicles.
“We are planning to introduce GPS-based tracking devices and panic (emergency) buttons in all commercial passenger vehicles including buses and taxis,” the minister told a press conference. Rajput said a GPS based control-cum-command centre would also be set up in the state capital to know the real time location of commercial vehicles.
“The panic buttons for emergency situations will be installed in the commercial passenger vehicles. If pressed, these panic buttons will send signals to the command centre so that help can be extended quickly. The move is aimed at ensuring the safety of passengers, especially women,” he said.
The minister also said that a test driving track would be set up at every divisional headquarters under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. Rajput said the transport department had issued 25,000 driving licenses to girls for free till February this year by holding camps in college campuses.
The state government also announced to provide Rs 5000 as minimum compensation to the small and marginal farmers in the event of crop loss due to natural calamities.
He added that the state government had initiated a process to take back about 1000 acres of vacant land lying unused on the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) campus in Bhopal. The government has written a letter to Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises in this regard, said minister Rajput.
“The land was allotted to BHEL at the time of its inception but it is still lying unused,” Rajput said about the purpose behind reclaiming the land.