HYDERABAD: With an aim to make the IT corridor more safe for women techies hailing from outside the city, the Cyberabad police here on Friday directed the hostel/PG owners to install CCTV cameras and provide 24x7 security to the inmates. They also made registration mandatory and ordered all the owners to complete the process in the next 30 days.
Briefing newsmen about the ‘Project Safe Stay’ initiative, L Karthikeya, DCP Madhapur, said “Scores of women come to our city from all parts of the country and it’s our responsibility to provide them a safe place to stay. In order to make this possible, we are directing all the hostels and PGs located in Madhapur, Gachibowli and Raidurgam zone to register with the Commissionerate of police. We also request them to follow a set of guidelines released by us to make their hostels more safe and secure.”
“Registration forms will be available online and also one of our constables will visit all the hostels and hand over the registration forms personally to all the owners. They need to register their hostels within 30 days and comply with all the guidelines within 45 days,” he added.
The Cyberabad police and the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) has officially declared the launch of the ‘Project Safe Stay’ initiative on Friday and released a set of guidelines to be followed by hostels. Apart from CCTVs and security guards, it include maintenance of visitors register, emergency contact details of local guardian, details of workers, watchmen, cook and other staff, first aid kit, suggestion, complaint box, emergency contact details of women helplines and police control room and other means of emergency communication.
Hostel managements were also asked to verify ID proofs of inmates, to provide separate lockers to all individuals and compound wall with minimum height of five ft.
“We will also conduct regular visits to check whether the hostels are complying with the rules or not,” Bharani Kumar Aroll, secretary, SCSC said.
“We receive complaints from the inmates of hostels about their owners not opening doors at night or regarding thefts, stalking and eve teasing,’ Sunitha, SI, Women police station, Gachibowli said.