Bengaluru: 4 more bus stations to get women lounges | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: To ensure safety and comfort of women passengers, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will set up waiting lounges at four more bus stations: BTM Layout, Jayanagar, Basaveshwara Nagar and Hoskote.
BMTC has recently floated a tender to construct lounges and is expected to finalise by the end of this month. Nirbhaya funds will be used for the project. “With this, almost all major bus stations in the city will have these facilities for women. We’ve received good response for the existing lounges at bus stations like Majestic, Shantinagar and Koramangala. These lounges have women security personnel, toilets, drinking water, CCTV cameras, seating, charging points, changing room, passenger information boards and baby-feeding room,” said a senior official.
Separately, BMTC along with NGO DURGA (Dare to Understand behaviour, Respond appropriately and Guard ourselves Ably) has recently launched Box-it initiative for women passengers. Priya Varadarajan of DURGA said: “We’ve installed complaint boxes in bus stations including Banashankari, Majestic, Shantinagar, Shivajinagar and Jayanagar. Another eight will be installed soon. We plan to have boxes in around 75 bus stations and bus stops across the city.”
Women could air their complaints including harassment, poor lighting and other safety issues. “We will open these boxes once in a month and submit the petitions to the respective government authorities, including BMTC, BBMP and city police. In many cases, women are reluctant to file complaints since they don’t know where to go or may not have time to do it,” she said, adding that they are conducting a 21-day gender sensitisation programme for BMTC staff. “We have already trained 150 members so far”.

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