BMC plans CCTV cameras and brighter streets for women's safety

Dec 31, 2012, 08:06 IST | Chetna Yerunkar

While installing CCTV cameras in BEST buses and increasing the number of streetlights are on the agenda, a Shiv Sena leader has proposed that secondary school children should be educated about the matter

Shaken by the brutal Delhi gang rape in a moving bus, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is now planning to take some serious precautions in the city to safeguard women.

Act now: BJP leader Dilip Patel warned that he will not let BEST’s budget to be passed in the next BMC general body meeting if CCTV cameras are not installed in all the BEST buses. Representation pic

Many group leaders of the BMC are planning to increase safety measures by installing more CCTV cameras in Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) buses, and increasing the number of streetlights in the city. A Shiv Sena group leader has even proposed educating girls and boys at the school level on how to treat each other, so that women in the city are safe.

In light of the growing concerns regarding the lack of measures to ensure women’s safety in the city, BJP group leader Dilip Patel announced that if all the BEST buses in the city do not have CCTV installed by the next BMC general body meeting, he wouldn’t permit BEST’s budget to be passed.

Rais Shaikh, Samajwadi Party leader, said, “In spite of 60 per cent of BMC corporators being women, no one is talking about the safety in the city. This, I feel, is the most important issue to be discussed now and we can start taking precautions by making streets brighter, as the darker areas attract criminals and rapists.”

Shiv Sena group leader Yashodhar Phanse, however, plans to start teaching secondary school students how to treat the other gender. “The precaution needs to be taken at a young age, and hence, teaching boys and girls to respect each other at the secondary school level can bring change, and I will start this process very soon,” he said.

Dilip Patel said, “No matter how much we consider Mumbai to be safe, it is always better to have precautions in place. If all the buses have CCTV cameras installed, people would behave properly and there would be no cause for fear if a girl boarded an empty bus at night.” 

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