All public service vehicles in the country, including buses and taxis, were supposed to get GPS-based tracking devices and panic buttons by April 1. While the work is on in different states, experts believe that unless there is real-time tracking and monitoring of these vehicles, simply installing GPS devices would be an exercise in futility.
Suren Uppal, a Supreme Court lawyer associated with NGO Rahat, said it has been more than five years since the Nirbhaya case shook the nation’s conscience but public transport is still not a safe option for women across the country. “The tragic episode was followed by public outcry but there has been no action and just mere words,” Uppal said.
“Even if GPS is installed, there is no recognized government mechanism or backend system in place to track these vehicles or respond to emergency calls,” he said.
Professor Sewa Ram of the transport planning department of School of Planning and Architecture said the country needs control rooms with a proper network for the effective use of GPS technology.
Article Source...Times of India