Bengaluru Airport Launches Cab Service Run By Women, For Women

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Bengaluru is taking steps to make the city safer for women. The city now has a cab service exclusively for women which will employ female drivers. The joint effort by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), flagged of its services yesterday.  The fleet will have 10 cabs and will take the women from the airport to the rest of the city. The fares are affordable with a competitive price of Rs 21.50/km during day while the fare would increase to Rs 23.50/km after midnight. The cabs will be equipped with GPS and have an SOS feature in case of any emergencies. The female cab drivers are hired from the areas surrounding the airport – an effort to make them self-sustainable. They will be trained in self-defence tactics and also speak multiple languages.

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Kumar Pushkar, the Managing Director of KSTDC said at a press conference, that this move was to fulfill 2 major objectives. “This concept has been implemented to provide a safe and secure mode of transport for women travelers from the Airport, while simultaneously creating opportunities for women drivers to be self-employed and empowered.”

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We love initiatives that champion the safety of women, just last month Hyderabad Police launched an all-women patrol squad to fight crimes against women. Recently, a popular cab-aggregator also started hiring women drivers. A few years ago, a Delhi based agency launched Sakhi – an all female cab service. The Kerala Government launched She Taxi- also run on similar lines.  However, the main issue faced by many female drivers is that even when they work, the domestic responsibilities including parenting are still solely on their shoulders. And because they are often forced to pick the latter, the cab services shut down.

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No doubt, these services will definitely make the cities a bit  more safer for women. Women travelling alone at night or very early in the morning to the airport, often do not feel secure. This new option gives women a chance to have a worry-free journey.

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Using Solar in Agriculture

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According to a report published by Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research in 2012, one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. With increasing population, the demand for food production is rising. In such circumstances, the farmers will need to switch to more clean energy technology for agriculture and food production.

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Solar energy is the cleanest form of energy. Earlier, it was not feasible to utilize this energy for its expensive equipment. However, now with the rise of solar in the world, the prices of solar technology have fallen drastically. This makes it highly affordable for everyone to use it.

The following are five ways to use solar energy in agriculture and reduce the carbon emissions caused because of it.

  1. Solar Generators

According to The World Bank, 60% of India’s irrigation system relies on groundwater. Majority of the farms in the country use diesel generators to power the motor that pulls the groundwater out for irrigation purpose. These diesel generators can be replaced with solar generators which will reduce the emissions and will cost as much or even less than the diesel generator over the period of 3 years.

Apart from this, the spills caused by diesel generator also cause the soil to contaminate which will not happen in solar generators.

  1. Solar Irrigation

The irrigation systems are mostly powered by electricity. Irrigation is mostly done during the day. Using solar instead of electricity can save a lot of fuel and money.

  1. Solar Fencing

Farms often need fencing solutions to keep stray animals or livestock away from the crop in order to protect it. These fences are powered by electricity currently. The electricity required to power these fences can be generated using solar energy making the fencing eco-friendlier.

  1. Solar Sensors

To make the irrigation system more efficient and reduce wastage of water, the farmers install sensors in the soil to measure its moisture and nutrient content. This data is then used to nourish the soil with water and fertilizers in the required amount. These sensors can be made using solar technology as mainly the daytime data is essential to monitor.

  1. Solar vehicles

Vehicles are required in the farm for various purposes including ploughing and moving the produce. Using solar vehicles can help reduce the carbon footprint of the agriculture practice.

Article Credit: CSRJournal

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