Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) introduced two buses for ladies under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. These buses will operate on the Circular Road route from 7 am to 8 pm. HRTC Managing Director Somesh Goel said the objective was to give women a better deal as reports of their harassment by anti-social elements in buses were on the rise. Depending on the demand, buses would be introduced to other routes too, he said.
The Himachal Pradesh High Court has already directed the government that the convenience and security of women should be given priority while deciding on a better traffic management plan for Shimla. Though the government is yet to strictly implement the high court’s direction to ensure reservation of seats in buses, introduction of Ladies Special bus service has come as a relief for the women in the state capital.