Bengaluru, January 8: Swathed in pink, Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport has a fleet of pink taxis launched particularly for women passengers. The women drivers will be fluent in multiple languages, well versed with local areas and trained in self-defence tactics to strengthen the safety and security of women passengers.
The pink cabs driven by women were flagged off on Monday by airport authorities as a specific taxi service for women passengers. It was started by the Karnataka State Tourism Development (KSTDC) and Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL).
The pink cabs will be functional 24X7 and will have safety features like GPRS tracking and an SOS switch for emergencies. It is priced at Rs 21.50 per km during the day and Rs 23.50 per km during the night. Though started on an experimental basis with a fleet of 10 cars, airport authorities believe an increase in demand will lead to an increase in services.
The initiative is an effort to contribute to the socio-economic development of women from villages around the airport by recruiting women drivers from the vicinity.
Ensuring safety of women and given that the Bengaluru airport is at a significant distance from most parts of the city, a taxi service for women was the need of the hour. With an increasing number of women travelling, both for work or personal purposes, safety is high on their list of priorities while travelling from the airport, especially during odd hours.