In a significant development, the country's financial capital Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come out with a novel idea to promote gender equality.
It has been reported that a traffic signal in Dadar in Central Mumbai is now presenting pictures and graphics of women in the pedestrian lights and boards.
Maharashtra's Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray, shared the information on social media quoting "If you've passed by Dadar, you'd see something that will make you feel proud. BMC is ensuring gender equality with a simple idea- the signals now have women too."
The country has come up a long way from ensuring gender equality specially on Indian roads. A huge amount of drivers on our roads are men and that is the case with pedestrians as well.
All these years pedestrian signals and boards too have only displayed men but this change is set to get a huge thumbs up from pedestrains and road users in Mumbai. While it could also be odd for some, who are not used to witnessing a sight like this.
However, a step like this is surely going to make public spaces more inclusive for women.
It is still uncertain if this idea will be repeated at some other places in the maximum city. The brain behind this novel idea is said to be Kiran Dighavkar, who is an Assistant Commissioner in the BMC. He is also ascribed for conatining the spread of deadly Coronavirus in Dharavi, Asia's largest slum that is located not too far from this traffic signal. His major efforts in containing the virus have also earned praise from the World Health Organisation.