Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, June 27:
The much-awaited ‘Pink Auto’ service, an initiative to offer safe and hassle-free transport to women in the Twin City of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack was flagged off Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here this evening.
Speaking at the inaugural function held at Commissionerate Police (CP) headquarter office here, the Chief Minister said he was delighted to launch the Pink Auto project in the city and thanked all stakeholders who extended their support for the implementation of this project.
The CM urged upon the police officers of the state to deal with all women related crimes in a firm and decisive manner. “The Pink Auto women friendly initiative of the CP would make travelling a safer experience for women,” he hoped.
The CM also congratulated the auto-drivers who have come forward to participate in this project and called upon every citizen of the city to support the endeavour to make Bhubaneswar a safe city for women.
In the initial phase of this pilot project, the commissionerate has arranged 215 pink autorickshaws to run in various locations of the city. These are Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Baramunda bus stand, Capital hospital, Ram Mandir Square, Vanivihar Junction and Chandrasekharpur.
Twin city Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma said to ensure the safety and security of women travelling in these autos, the drivers were verified on parameters like character and antecedent check, psychological test and document verification. The city traffic police headed by DCP and ACP traffic and auto associations will monitor the functioning of the Pink Auto rickshaws, he said.
The salient feature of the Pink Auto is that each of them would display police helpline numbers like 100 including QAT and 108 numbers written in bold. This apart, the autos will have a suggestion box, including a book of suggestion slips, which can be used by the commuters for the purpose of giving suggestions, sources said.