In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police, A K Jain, will inaugurate on Sunday the office of the Gonda Superintendent of Police which will provide free wi-fi services to the visitors. The office, which is entirely run on solar panels, has a thick cover of plants of Kadam and Chitwan trees planted in the premises.
S K Mathur, ADG (police headquarters), said that free wi-fi would be the first such facility in the state.
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“It is a personal endeavour of the officer and it will help in the long run,” Mathur said. He added that the police administration is also seeking to install solar panels in the police stations of the state in a phased manner and that 200 police stations will be covered in the first phase.
“Since it was a new building, latest facilities were included for posterity,” said Gonda SP Rajesh Kumar Pandey. The new office will enable visitors to access wi-fi free of cost and without a password prompt. “We have launched it on a pilot basis and see how it works out,” Pandey said.
Earlier, Pandey had also issued a WhatsApp number for the public to submit their complaints and recordings in audio and video form.
“The population of Gonda (a small district in eastern UP) is 32 lakh of which about 5 lakh have android mobile phones. In other words, we have 5 lakh cameras. So we wanted to utilise that resource and for the public to share their concerns,” he said. Pandey had suspended a sub-inspector and two constables when a complainant submitted an audio of them demanding a bribe.