KSRTC to provide ‘Safe Stay’ to women travellers at its depots
Kollam: A new initiative of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) brings cheers to woman travellers who are forced to avoid journeys due to the unavailability of safe night stays. The ‘Safe Stay’ initiative aims to ensure cheap and secure shelters in 44 KSRTC depots across the state.
According to a report, majority of the KSRTC travellers are women and they usually prefer journeys during daytime. Women are scared to wander at night in search of a safe shelter. The new initiative ends such predicaments and KSRTC eyes more profit through this venture.
KSRTC will seek the service of agencies to appoint staff and security guards on experimental basis. If it does not turn out to be profitable, KSRTC will handle it directly or with the help of woman and child department.
The central bus station at Thampanoor in Thiruvananthapuram, is all set to have double and single AC/Non-AC rooms in a 4,700 square feet area. The charge of dormitory will be Rs 150 per day. Facility to keep luggage and park vehicles will also be available. Arrangements will also be made to inform the departure and arrival of various buses to those who hire rooms.
The new initiative will soon be made a reality in Kozhikode. However, it will be implemented in Eranakulam only after a building is constructed for this. The Minister for Transport, Antony Raju, said the new initiative will make KSRTC more woman friendly.