Saturday, November 14, 2009

Unified Patrolling and PCR for Ghaziabad and NOIDA before 2010 Games

The UP Police declared on Thursday a slew of measures in order to improve the traffic and law & order situation in the twin districts of Gautambudha Nagar (GB Nagar, NOIDA) and Ghaziabad.

These new measures, expected to be put in place by March 2010, have been proposed keeping in mind the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the city. Announcing the measures, UP’s top cop, Director General of Police Karamvir Singh, said this was an effort to move towards greater coordination between the satellite cities.

According to DGP Singh, efforts are on to create a single virtual Police Control Room (PCR) for the police forces of NOIDA, Greater NOIDA and Ghaziabad. ‘‘Among the biggest challenges during the Games will be to ensure that the traffic movement remains smooth. This can be done when real-time basis sharing of data can be done across NCR,’’ said DGP Singh.

According to Akhil Kumar, SSP (Ghaziabad), the entire police force will be modernized and brought at par with the Delhi police. ‘‘The DGP told us to work for the modernization of the PCR. This will include procuring GPS based patrol vehicles, a digital mapping system for the twin districts, satellite imaging for proper city surveillance and a fully computerized data-filing system that can help share data in real time,’’ said SSP Kumar.

While the entire process is expected to be completed by the beginning of the CWG, the state government has agreed to fund a portion of the modernization process. ‘‘The UP police is presently preparing a roadmap for this. We will soon send the proposal to the Home ministry. Central government officials have made it clear that funds will not be an issue as the CWG involves the prestige of the country,’’ said a senior official from Lucknow who had accompanied Mayawati to NOIDA on Thursday.

Among other modernization programme is the induction of 35,000 cops in the UP police force by March next year. ‘‘In all, we have 1.75 lakh cops in the state. In the long run, we expect to induct another 2 lakh more by the end of 2012,’’ said DGP Singh.

SSP Kumar added that some new recruitment will be made for the Ghaziabad PCR. ‘‘The Ghaziabad PCR will be provided with 30 new patrolling vehicles in which GPS will be fitted. Another 300 constables will be deputed to the PCR and its vehicles and 150 traffic constables will be deployed on the city routes,’’ said Kumar.

Vigil Up For 2010
  1. PCRs in Ghaziabad and Gautambudha Nagar will share data in real time
  2. CCTV cameras will be put up at all important intersections in both cities
  3. A digital map will be created for Ghaziabad and NOIDA to bolster emergency response
  4. The police in western UP will get 35,000 more personnel by March.
  5. Total number of policemen in UP to be increased from 1.75 lakh to 3.75 lakh by 2012
  6. 30 new patrol vehicles, 300 constables & 150 traffic cops to be deployed in Ghaziabad & NOIDA, specifically for the Commonwealth Games