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29 Mar, 2013

India Plans Women-Only City Buses


Ministry of Urban Development, 28-March, 2013 – Ministry of Urban Development has recently advised the States to examine provision of separate city buses for women in all million plus cities.

The Ministry has also issued an “Advisory” to all the States to implement the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) specifications as per the “Urban Bus Specifications” in all the city buses, JnNURM as well as non JnNURM. They have also been advised to initiate action for scientific management of auto-rickshaws and taxis by having GPS / GPRS and management through Common Control Centre so as to make this mode also safe and more passenger-friendly.

The buses sanctioned to cities under JnNURM are required to be procured as per the “urban bus specifications (UBSs)”. Release of Government of India share i.e. Additional Central Assistance (ACA) is linked to the procurement of these systems and submission of purchase order to the Ministry. Implementation / procurement of these systems under JnNURM has been extended up to 31st March 2014.