He said the fund will be utilised to introduce SoS alert systems in trains and installing Global Position System (GPS) and CCTVs in public transport vehicles. On the first death anniversary of Nirbhaya, the 23 year old Delhi gangrape victim, Chidambaram told reporters that the ministries of Home Affairs, Railways and Road Transport and Highways will bring in separate Cabinet notes to pursue a set of proposals.
“The Cabinet notes are under preparation... Three ministries will bring to Cabinet the proposals either this Thursday or next Thursday,” he said.
“The scheme will be launched in 157 cities in two phases (55 in phase I and 102 in phase II). The expected outlay is Rs 1,000 crore,” an official statement said. The Road Transport Ministry, he said, has proposed a scheme, ‘security of women in road transport in the country’, which will cover 32 towns - each with a population of over one million - to be implemented over two years. The expected outlay is about Rs 1,700 crore. Under the proposal, public transport vehicles will have GPS for their easy tracking, CCTVs and more women drivers and conductors, among others steps to enhance women’s safety. The Railway Ministry, Chidambaram said, proposes to launch a public scheme for setting up an SoS alert system in trains in select zones.