Bengaluru: Karnataka government on Thursday has approved the development of a safety app for women travelling in buses.

Under the Nirbhaya project, the Karnataka government on Thursday has approved the development of a safety app for women travelling specifically in KSRTC buses.

The application will include a panic button, GPS tracking system for buses, detailed information on bus schedules and information on 500 bus stops across the state, said Law and Parliamentary Affairs minister JC Madhuswamy.

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At the cost of Rs 40 crore approved by the Union government on a 60:40 sharing basis under the project.

The cabinet has also given a go-ahead to install CCTV cameras in some 5000 buses apart from training 3,000 women staff of KSRTC in self-defence.

“The app is aimed at ensuring the safety of women travelling in KSRTC buses. Any private participation will be bound to protocols on data sharing,” stated JC Madhuswamy