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MTDCtakesstepsforwomensafety
Feb5,2015,01.29AMISTTNN [NehaMadaan]
PUNE:A24x7touristhelpline,afourdigittollfreetelephonelineforinformationonnaturaldisastersand
calamitiesandsupervisingtransportationserviceproviderstoensuretheirvehiclesmeetsafetystandardson
speedandGPSaresomemeasurestheMaharashtraTourismDevelopmentCorporation(MTDC)willadopt.
Encouraginghotelstohaveseparatewomenfloorsandestablishingspecialunitstodealwithcrimesagainst
touristsatpopulardestinationsareotherstepsthecorporationwillincorporateinaccordancewiththeUnion
ministryoftourism'sguidelinesframedafterthesectorreceivedmuchflakonlackofsafety.
TheministryhadcirculatedtheguidelinestotourismdepartmentsofallthestatesandUnionterritories.Officials
intheministryoftourismsaidstatetourismdepartmentscouldusethemtocreatetheirownmeasuresfor
protectionoftourists.
ValsaRNairSingh,secretary,tourism,andmanagingdirector,MTDCtoldTOIthattheguidelineswillensurethat
touristscomingtothestatehaveasafeandbetterexperience."Followingthemwillhelpthetourismsectorin
Maharashtraflourish,apartfromensuringhighqualityofservice,"sheadded.
Theguidelinesalsosuggestedthatstatesgradetravelinformationduringcalamitieswitha'highdegreeof
caution'or'reconsideryourneedtotravel'.Theysaididentificationandlocatingtouristsduringemergencies
shouldalsobepartofsafetymeasuresandstatesshouldconsiderdevelopingvariousonlinetravelregistration
toolstocollecttourists'data.
Regulatingtransportservicesandthehotelandrestaurantsectortomeetthestandardswillalsobetakenupby
thecorporation.Somestandardsthattransportserviceproviderswillhavetomeetincludecompulsoryuseof
seatbeltsintaxis,GPS,compulsoryneedforaseconddriverduringlongdistancejourneys,andavailabilityof
womendrivers,amongotherthings.
Hotelswillalsobeencouragedtohaveseparatewomenfloors,dedicatedladyhousekeepingstaffandregular
trainingofstaffonthetheme'Irespectwomen'.Inaddition,MTDCmayalsoconsiderestablishingspecialunits
withinstateenforcementagenciestodealwithcrimesagainsttourists.

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