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Sep 27 – The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) launched the highly anticipated ‘Namma BMTC’ mobile application on Monday as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations. The official launch of the application was carried out by Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, who highlighted that BMTC had received funds from the Government of India under the Nirbhaya Scheme. These funds were allocated for the implementation of the BMTC Mobile App, which includes features focused on women’s safety, an in-bus surveillance system on city buses, and a Passenger Information System (PIS) at bus stops and stations.
According to BMTC officials, this initiative introduces an advanced mobile application designed to enhance the safety and convenience of women commuters. The key features of the app include the ability to request remote assistance in emergencies, real-time tracking of women passengers when they seek support, on-board cameras for monitoring on-bus activities, and panic buttons within buses for women passengers to seek immediate assistance in case of emergencies. Additionally, a centralized helpline has been established to provide assistance during distress situations.
Sathyavathi G., Managing Director of BMTC, stated that the initiative involved the installation of onboard devices and vehicle tracking devices for 5,000 buses, 5,000 panic buttons, 10,000 CCTV cameras, and a comprehensive surveillance system. Furthermore, 500 Passenger Information System Boards have been set up to display estimated arrival and departure times at bus stops and stations.
The Namma BMTC Mobile App is now available on both Android and iOS platforms, developed by M/s MCT Cards and Technologies Pvt. Ltd. BMTC clarified in a release that it received Nirbhaya funds for 5,000 buses out of its total fleet. As a result, the initiative covers 75% of the entire fleet, which includes over 6,500 buses. Plans are in place to track the remaining buses in the near future, as mentioned in the release.