Think of walking out of the airport late at night and wondering how safe it would be to take a cab ride at this odd hour? As women, we may have all hesitated, or preferred that someone come pick us up. With this as a prime concern, the Karnataka government has recently launched an initiative called ‘Go Pink Cabs’, a taxi service available for female passengers run by women drivers.
What’s The Buzz?
Initially to be run on a trial basis, 10 cabs will be available 24×7 from Kempegowda International Airport to Bengaluru city. The move has been taken to ensure the safety of women travellers while also generating self-sustaining employment opportunities for the women drivers of the local area from all socio-economic backgrounds. The objective is to make it a safe and memorable experience for working women professionals, senior citizens, students etc.
What Should You Know?
‘Go Pink Cabs‘ is a combined initiative between Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation and Bangalore International Airport Limited. It will be an app-based service with a user-friendly interface available in multiple languages with affordable fares: INR 21.50/km during the day (6 AM – 11:59 PM) and INR 23.50/ km at night (12 AM – 6 AM). The women drivers would be fluent in multiple languages.
The safety of cabs is ensured by installing GPRS tracking system and SOS switch to be used in the time of emergency.
What Do We Think?
We think that this two-fold beneficiary initiative to ensure the safety of women travellers and create self-sustaining employment opportunities for women drivers is a strategical move on part of Karnataka Government. Not just this, but this small initiative and effort would encourage female travellers that the government cares about their safety.