Women in Ranchi will soon be spared the unease of being ogled at or groped in crowded public transport.
After a fair debut in Dhanbad on June 19, the ladies’ special city bus will make its first run in the state capital on October 4, courtesy the Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC).
SP (traffic) Rajeev Ranjan Singh on Sunday said that the facility was being launched in Ranchi following a directive from transport commissioner S.S. Meena, who in turn had received instructions from the Union ministry of road transport and highways.
Like in the coal town, two women constables will escort the special Ranchi city bus. They will be equipped with wireless sets to establish communication with patrol teams in case of an emergency. Besides, registration number of the bus and women helpline and police station contact details will be on display inside the vehicle.
Working women and female students welcomed the new initiative, saying that an exclusive bus service for them was the need of the hour.
“I usually take a bus home and it is always jampacked in the late afternoons. Almost every day, I encounter ill-behaved male passengers, who freely nudge, grope or make a pass. The ladies’ special bus will end our ordeal,” a college student said.
Former member of state women’s commission Vasavi Kiro came up with a suggestion. “The driver and helper of the ladies’ special bus should also be women,” she said.
The bus will run from 9am to 8pm daily, covering a distance of 16km — starting from Shaheed Maidan near state Assembly and wending its way through Booty More via Birsa Chowk, Hinoo, Doranda College, Rajendra Chowk, Sujata Chowk, Gossner College, Sirom Toli Chowk, Bahu Bazaar, Kantatoli, Dangratoli, Lalpur Chowk, Hari Om Tower, Jail More, Kutchery Chowk and Karamtoli Chowk, before ending its journey outside state-run RIMS.
SP (traffic) Singh said that efforts were also on to run pink colour-coded auto-rickshaws for women.