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Odisha: Male Passengers Occupying Reserved Seats For Women To Be Penalised


29 January 2020

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: Male passengers who are found to occupy seats reserved for women in city buses will be penalised. While the seat reservation for women is mandatory across the State, the penalty imposition will begin from the Twin City.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting held at the Commissionerate of Police headquarters here today. Senior police officials, representatives of five local Bus Owners’ Associations and SPOs were present at the meeting. Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera said, "The Chief Minister has already mandated seat reservation for women in buses. We will ensure that this is followed in letter and spirit.

For safety of women passengers, an emergency toll free number will be displayed inside the buses. Besides, a lady official of Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) will be added in the WhatsApp group of women Special Police Officers (SPO) for better coordination between the police, public and transport authorities.

Padmanabha Behera, Minister, Commerce & Transport, Odisha