Due to the increase in bus rape incidents, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government is soon going to install CCTV cameras in over six thousand buses which run in the national capital. The government is going to utilise the Nirbhaya Fund for the installation.
In order to fulfil their election promise, the Arvind Kejriwal’s cabinet has decided to install the cameras. The approval for the same has been given by the Delhi cabinet.
The cameras will be installed in 6,350 buses of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), informed State Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot.
The tender for the initiative will be issued soon. Each bus will have three cameras. The reports further mentioned that the estimated cost of this project is Rs 140 crores. As per the information released by the government, the current financial year aims at fulfilling this plan.
Currently, as part of the pilot project, around 200 DTC buses have CCTV cameras.
It is during the assembly elections that the AAP government promised to install CCTV cameras in the buses keeping in mind the security of women in the capital.
In 2013, the former Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced the Nirbhaya Fund after the 2012 brutal gang rape in the budget speech. The government contributed Rs 10,000 crores for empowerment, safety and security of women.