April 27, 2019

According to media reports, a year after the launch of the Safe Cities programme, not much progress has been made in making cities safer for women due to poor guidelines and utilisation of funds and focus on general elections.


  • Project Objective: To strengthening safety and security of women in public places. 

  • Cities covered: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is planning to implement it in 8 selected cities, namely, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. In November 2018, Lucknow became the first city to be cleared for the project.

  • Parent Scheme: The project has been approved at a total cost of Rs.194.44 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme.

  • Funding: The project, approved at a total cost of Rs.194.44, would be implemented as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) with Centre and State sharing the funding in 60:40 ratio.

  • Bodies Involved: The projects are being implemented in consultation with Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Information Technology, respective Municipal & Police Commissioners of the cities and civil society organizations.

  • The major components of the Safe City project in Lucknow include:
    • Setting up Pink Out-posts (exclusively administered by Women police) for facilitating ease of filing complaint by women; Pink Patrols of Women police;

    • Augmentation of existing Asha Jyoti Kendra;

    • Implementing Safety measures in buses; Improving Street Lighting in Hot Spot areas;

    • Setting up Pink Toilets;

    • Integration of Women power-help line with single Emergency number ‘112’;

    • Gender sensitization awareness campaigns Etc.

Source : The Hindu