January 17, 2012 3:21:43 am
Procured at a cost of over Rs 4.08 lakh for beat patrolling,198 red and blue painted bicycles are presently gathering dust at the various police stations as they have not been used for the purpose they were procured for. For most part of the past year,these bicycles have been lying forgotten at police stations defeating the very purpose for which they were bought for.
These bicycles have been sparsely used near the Sukhna Lake and recently during a cyclothon held in the city. The police authorities say that they would be putting these bicycles to proper use after Newsline contacted them regarding the issue.
Many police personnel claim that the cycles were being used by them but these are mere claims as they are not visible in any of the beats.
Almost two years back,the idea of providing bicycles to the beat staff,was mooted by the top brass of Chandigarh Police. The main motive behind this step was to ensure that the police became more mobile while patrolling areas where police gypsies could not reach.
Another reason was to establish a close liaison with the people and increase the visibility of police. Initially,a large number of beat constables were not in favour of patrolling on bicycles and some of them even felt embarrassed.
There were also issues regarding maintenance. There were also some problems regarding the repair of cycles as the police reportedly had no separate funds for it.
Senior police officers had also blamed the sweltering heat of the summers months as another reason why these bicycles were not used the during the previous months. Inspector General of Police P K Shrivastava denied that there was any resentment among police personnel.
There is no resentment amongst the beat staff regarding the use of cycles, he said. We are in the process of revamping the beat system and will ensure that the bicycles are put to use for which they were purchased. The police will be allotting these bicycles to beat staff and residents will soon find police staff patrolling in pairs (buddy) in the various areas.
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