The safety of women using public transport continues to remain a pressing issue in the city, with cases of molestation, robbery and theft on the rise.
Women can press the emergency button in their m-Indicator app to alert the RPF in case of emergencies. Pic for representation
Stepping up to the daunting task of stopping this, Western Railway (WR) has announced new measures to improve security in the trains.
WR authorities have tied up with the providers of mobile application m-Indicator to create an emergency button, which when pressed by a commuter, would directly connect them to the control room of the Railway Police Force (RPF).
m-Indicator is a mobile application which provides complete details of train routes of Western and Central lines, train timings, halts, bus numbers and bus routes.
A coach composition feature is likely to be included in the m-Indicator app, which will help direct the railway cops to the exact location of the person in trouble.
Speaking about the application’s new feature, D B Kasar, DIG, RPF (WR), said, “This application will help us locate a woman passenger in distress as soon as she presses the emergency button.” “It will take at least a month for us to develop and test this feature,” said a representative from m-Indicator.
Helpline stickers on best buses
Meanwhile, the BEST Undertaking would also begin pasting stickers on buses with the helpline number 1800227550. “These would be pasted inside the buses for the benefit of women passengers,” said OP Gupta, general manager, BEST Undertaking. More than 1,800 buses will have these stickers.
How the emergency option will function
>> When the button is pressed, details such as the station from where the train was boarded and the train taken will also have to be mentioned on the app
>> This information will then be sent to the RPF control room
>> The app will calculate the time it will take the train to reach the nearest station
>> There could also be an additional coach composition feature, which would provide the exact location of the passenger
>> Accordingly help will be sent at the next railway station