If you happen to reside in Chennai, commuting in auto rickshaws will soon be a whole lot safer as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has announced that auto rickshaws in Chennai will now come with meters fitted with GPS (global positioning system) facility. The move has been thought of, as one of the measures towards woman's safety, post the horrendous Mumbai gang rape case.
The meters will feature a ‘panic button’ which can be put to use in case of any danger while travelling. Used as one of the most common means of public transportation in Chennai, there are over 70,000 auto rickshaws plying on the road and the introduction of GPS facility will, no doubt, be a welcome addition to the fleet.
"The operation of the auto-rickshaws will also be monitored effectively. In the event anyone travelling in an autorickshaw faces some danger, they can press the panic button fitted in the meter to alert police" Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said in a statement.