The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved a Safe City project for Lucknow to strengthen safety and security of women in public places at a cost of Rs 194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme.
The project, which includes setting up Pink Outposts manned by women police and Pink Patrols, is part of MHA’s plans to implement Safe City projects in eight selected cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow under the Nirbhaya Fund.
The project will be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with Centre and State sharing the funding in 60:40 ratio.
The projects are being implemented in consultation with Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology, respective Municipal & Police Commissioners of the cities and civil society organisations.
The Safe city project for Lucknow will be implemented by Uttar Pradesh Police, assisted by the municipal bodies and city transport authorities. The major components of the Safe City project in Lucknow include setting up an Integrated Smart Control Room; setting up Pink Outposts (exclusively administered by Women police) for facilitating ease of filing complaint by women; Pink Patrols of Women police; and setting up Women Help Desks in all Police Stations with Counsellors.
There will be augmentation of existing Asha Jyoti Kendra; safety measures in buses, including cameras; improving street Lighting in identified Hot Spot areas; setting up Pink Toilets; and integration of Women power-help line with single Emergency number ‘112’.
The Safe City project for Lucknow envisages gender sensitisation awareness campaigns and capacity building in collaboration with community and civil society organisations.