Despite being short staffed,Pune city police inaugurated a new police station in Market Yard area on Tuesday. With this new station Pune city police will have 31 police stations under its jurisdiction.
Pune police commissioner Meeran Borwankar,at the ceremony,said one inspector and 20 constables have been sanctioned for the new station.
Speaking on the shortage of staff,Borwankar said,Usually we require 135 cops for operating a police station. And now with the duty hours of police being reduced to eight hours a day from 12 hours,we required about 150 constables and 30 officers for effectively operating a police station. We do not have much staff for Market Yard police station. We have got some staff from the police head quarters, said Borwankar.
Urging public support Borwanker appealed citizens to cooperate with the officers at the new station. Due to less staff,there will be heavy work pressure on the cops at Market Yard station. So we appeal to citizens to fully cooperate with the police,participate in the peace committees and various activities and press for more staff to be sanctioned, she said.
Talking about the need for a new station Borwankar said,There was a huge demand for a station from traders. We had identified a land for construction of a new police station. But due to the time taken for governmental clearances we decided to start the station from the premises provided by the Market Yard. It is the same place where the old Swargate police station was operating, she said.
Borwankar thanked district collector Vikas Deshmukh,municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak and B G Deshmukh,administrator of the Market Yard Committee for providing co-operation for starting the police station.
Meanwhile,police inspector Raghunath Jadhav was appointed as in-charge of Market Yard police station.
The police station has a jurisdiction of five and a half square kilometer and comprising about two lakh population. It will also have the Chhatrapati Shivaji Market Yard,one of the biggest Market Yard in Asia,along with 37 banks,19 religious places,four slums and 21 labour organisations under its jurisdiction.