All women and foreigners travelling alone in Delhi can feel safer now with the Delhi Police's recent initiative of making the black-yellow (kaali-peeli) taxis operating from Delhi airport, traceable.
All women and foreigners travelling alone in Delhi can feel safer now with the Delhi Police’s recent initiative of making the black-yellow (kaali-peeli) taxis operating from Delhi airport, traceable. Through the latest feature of the already existing ‘Himmat’ mobile application, passengers can simply scan a QR code and send automated details of their route, driver, and taxi to the Delhi Police control room, as per a Hindustan Times report. The facility was launched on Thursday, with 10 kali-peeli taxis. Gradually, 2,000 such taxis will be updated to make them safe for passengers. The feature would also work for those, who don’t own smartphones, as they can avail this facility by simply sending a number written below the QR code, via SMS, to 8130099100.
“The moment a passenger scans the QR code, the details will reach our special control room which has been set up especially for this purpose. The monitoring system will generate an SMS and send it to the passenger’s mobile phone as an alert,” said Sanjay Baniwal, special commissioner of police (airport and modernisation), says Hindustan Times report. He also added that a person sitting in the back seat of the car will also be able to see the details like driver’s name, license number, vehicle number, badge registration number etc. A message will also be sent to the commuter asking if he/she has reached the destination safely. If a passenger fails to respond to the message, he/she will get a call from the police control room asking the same.
The Himmat application was launched in 2015 as a safety app for women.