GUWAHATI, July 23 � The exclusive city bus service for women and kids was flagged off here this morning.
The service, which is intended to provide a safe and hassle-free journey to women, was flagged off from Judge�s Field by Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla.
A public meeting will also be held on the occasion to mark the inauguration of the service, which has come about as a joint effort of the Kamrup Metro district administration and the District Transport Department.
Speaking on the occasion, Khosla said women are an integral part of our society and their contribution is equally important for the society to march ahead.
He said women must have a secure and comfortable mode of transportation and the new initiative has been taken to facilitate it.
Noted actor Zerifa Wahid, who is the brand ambassador of the new service, also spoke on the occasion.
Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner (in-charge) Dr M Angamuthu said the bus service for ladies will be extended to many routes across the city soon.
Initially, six privately owned buses and two ASTC buses would be pressed into service and the buses will operate between 7 am and 11 am and 3 pm to 8 pm every day. Such buses will initially ply from Khanapara to Kachari but later the service will be extended to other routes across the city.
The buses will have CCTV cameras and also presence of lady police and lady conductors. Male children below the age of eight years will also be able to ride in such buses.
Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Commissioner S Viswanathan, city SSP AP Tiwari and other senior officials were present during the function.