Panic buttons and CCTVs to be installed in all Govt buses

Gangtok, 12 Feb:

General Manager of State Transport Department, ST Bhutia, today informed that the department will soon begin the installation of panic buttons and CCTVs in all government buses.

While speaking to SummitTimes, Mr Bhutia said, “As per the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court, the work on installing panic button in the buses will begin soon. This has been done to ensure the safety of the passengers.”

There are around 129 buses operating under Sikkim Nationalized Transport.

“If there is some threat or SOS calls to be made by the passengers while travelling they can push the panic button installed in the bus. This will send an alert to the control room for prompt action,” added Mr Bhutia.

It is informed that the mechanism will operate through GPRS system.

“We have allocated a separate budget for the installation. We are now taking technical inputs from experts on this,” said a senior Transport Department official.

The Transport Department has also installed speed monitoring devices in 20 buses.

“The speed monitoring device is to control over speeding of the vehicle. This will also be installed in other vehicles too,” said the General Manager.