After a successful trial run of Lucknow Metro, the hi-tech public transport is all set for commercial run from March 2017. All the aspects are being checked and re-checked to ensure no discomfort to the passengers. A major concern for everyone is safety and especially for working women who might use the metro at odd hours. Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, who takes women empowerment and security to be a priority has decided to rope in internationally acclaimed Women Power Line 1090 for the same.
To encourage women to take Metro for commuting, Akhilesh Yadav has instructed 1090 team to devise a special campaign to make the women aware about various security arrangements by UP Police, LMRC, and 1090 within the premises. The campaign will go live in February 2017. Navneet Sekera, IG 1090 said, “Lucknow Metro has approached us to provide a special team of power angels to be deployed permanently at Metro stations for sensitising female passengers about 1090’s core theme—‘Chuppi todo, khul kar bolo’. Our power angels will encourage them to speak about their experience and instil confidence in them to seek police help. The mere presence of power angels and women police in the station will make them feel safe.” This literally asks the women to break their silence and come forward and ask for help.
Special arrangement is being made by which a woman in problem may seek immediate help in a moving train by calling up train operator through emergency calling installed in each coach. Sekera said, “We will dedicate around three systems exclusively for attending calls of Metro operators. There won’t be any waiting in the system as a dedicated team will provide rescue to female passengers of Metro on priority. Normally, complainants have experienced a waiting of 15-30 minutes on helpline, which would not be the case with Metro.”
1090 aims at training more than 1 lakh power angels by March 2017 for Metro safety. They will be constant contact with the state police to ensure immediate help and rescue in case of an accident. Special officers will be provided with placards, stickers, and pamphlets to increase awareness. The premises will have hoarding to sensitise people on such issues. The young CM also made history when the metro trial was commenced by two women.
Social Samajwadi is sure that the vigilant presence of ‘power angels’ and women police in the metro stations will make the female passengers feel safe at all times. Thank you, CM Sir!