Now,New Delhi parks to be patrolled by mounted police

City Anchor: After last month’s cycle patrol,constables on horses to man parks in area.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published:October 21, 2013 2:48 am

Delhi residents visiting parks in the evenings will now enjoy an extra layer of security.

After the introduction of cycle patrol in 10 parks last month,the Delhi Police has decided to have mounted police keep vigil at parks in New Delhi district.

The decision was taken keeping in mind the fact that New Delhi district,which is a primarily VIP area,would require additional security.

According to police,two constables on horses will patrol parks in New Delhi district to secure the premises. The added security system will be put into effect by the end of October.

Cycle patrol,a system that was introduced on a trial basis last month,has two constables being deployed across various parks such as Lodhi Gardens,Buddha Garden,Deer park and others in Northwest and Outer Delhi. The department is in the process of procuring hi-tech bicycles and gears which will be provided to the constables so that they can be easily distinguished.

The cycle patrol project was started primarily to ensure security among morning and evening walkers. However,sources said some of the walkers had complained that the cycle police patrolling on the tracks had become an obstruction for them.

Therefore,the concept of mounted police patrolling the parks was decided upon. The process will be introduced only in parks — Lodhi Garden,Nehru Park and Talkatora garden — in the New Delhi district,which,police said,houses VIPs. Depending on the response,the process will be implemented across parks in the city.

Police sources said eight horses would be transferred to the New Delhi district. There will be a separate unit in charge of the patrol. The process,police said,would be made operational only in the evenings,while cycle patrol will continue both in the mornings and the evenings.

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