To increase the visibility of the police, the traffic police will add 30 more Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles this year. The vehicles will be fitted with the GPS system. The fleet of new vehicles will also replace the old Gypsies. The new vehicles will take the existing strength of the PCR vehicles to 90.
A police officer told Chandigarh Newsline that 30 new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga cars would be added into the PCR fleet, raising the total number of vehicles to 90. As many as 13 Ertiga cars were inducted into the PCR fleet last year. The officer said that all the vehicles would be fitted with the GPS devices to track the movement of the PCR teams.
With the induction of these new cars, the old fleet of Gypsies would be phased out and the cops would get the new AC vehicles, said the official, adding that apart from the induction of 30 vehicles this year, 20 more would be added in the fleet next year.
UT Inspector General of Police R P Upadhyay said that this was modernisation process and the vehicles would be added under the scheme. He said that the old vehicles had become outdated so it was the need of the hour to induct new vehicles. He added that the new vehicles were comfortable as compared to the older vehicles.
The Ertiga has a space for six people and in emergency it has a space to evacuate the injured people while the old Gypsies were not spacious enough. The new vehicles, according to the IG, will increase the visibility of the police in the city.