Empowered Committee of Officers for Nirbhaya
funds scheme has approved pilot Safe City projects in eight selected
metropolitan cities. These eight cities are Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai,
Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. The Empowered Committee of Officers is an inter-ministerial
committee. It appraises and recommends various proposals/projects proposed by
The Nirbhaya fund scheme seeks to support
initiatives by the government and NGOs working towards protecting the dignity
and ensuring safety of women in India. It was set up in 2013 in the aftermath
of the gruesome gang-rape and murder in Delhi.
The cost of the Safe city projects is shared
between the Central Government and the concerned States in 60:40 ratio. The
Safe City Project in Delhi is fully funded by the Central Government.
Some of the key features of the safe city
project include: a) Identification of sensitive hot spots in each city, b) Installation
of CCTV surveillance covering the entire hot spot, c)
Automated number plate reading machines to be deployed in extremely
sensitive areas, d) Intensive patrolling in vulnerable areas beyond the
identified hot spots, e) Improving street
lighting and public toilet facilities for women and f) Others like setting up
women help desks in police stations, augmentation of women support centres etc.