The Ministry had recently instructed the State Transport Department to study the feasibility of the project, and consequently, three senior officials, including Joint Transport Commissioner (IT) G. Panduranga Rao, visited Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai. The main objective of the project is to make travel on city buses, auto-rickshaws and cabs safe for passengers, especially women. The project envisages installation of GPS in vehicles, with a central control room in the city monitoring their movement. This will help the authorities, including police, to track vehicles, besides curbing crime, said Rao.
In cities like New Delhi and Mumbai, GPS is installed in city buses and in a few autos and cabs. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation is also planning to introduce the facility in its city buses shortly.
The Ministry now wants to examine the possibility of installing GPS in all city buses, auto-rickshaws and cabs in major cities under Nirbhaya Funds, he explained.