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100 gets a friendlier face

Women stranded in the Capital can now dial 100 to get a Police Control Room van to drop them to their destination — anytime of the day.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 4, 2009 12:28:45 am

Now,women in distress can get a PCR ride

Women stranded in the Capital can now dial 100 to get a Police Control Room (PCR) van to drop them to their destination — anytime of the day. Announcing this on Tuesday,Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal said PCR officers will also perform duties like changing tyres,helping in case a car breaks down by towing it to a nearby petrol pump,and providing conveyance for women unable to find transport in secluded places.

“We will issue instructions to all our PCR vans to help women on the road,”Dadwal said. Earlier,we used to extend this facility in the night only.”

Officers said this service would be provided to women during emergency situations. “We hope people do not misuse it for getting dropped somewhere because then it would be difficult for us to coordinate between policing and this service,” an officer said.

PCR vans at present provide ambulance services for accident victims. Talking about an incident on March 1 in which one person died because of a delay in taking him to hospital,Dadwal defended the PCR officers and said: “We were not at fault in that accident. We immediately took him to the hospital but there was a delay in tracing him because the person who called the PCR gave us the wrong location (of accident spot).”

Dadwal said the Anti-Obscenity Cell formed by Delhi Police last year has addressed complaints of 1,422 women in the city till date.

The police are also setting up a hi-tech “cyber-highway” to connect all police stations,posts,and markets and other areas covered by CCTV cameras,to the police headquarters. “This way,I will be connected to the station house officers and others from the headquarters — they need not come here,” Dadwal said.

The system is being installed with the help of MTNL at a cost of Rs 27.37 crore,he said. “This is an advanced system. The movement of information will be very fast and this will really be a quality jump once we complete this project,” he said.

Heavy security
The Delhi Police has also decided to put its entire force forward for security during the general elections in April and May. This time,Dadwal said,Section 144 CrPC will be imposed outside the offices of the poll residing officer. Heavy security will be provided in the wake of several terrorist threats,and borders will be monitored through CCTV cameras. A drive against pasting banners has already been started.

Crackdown on erring drivers
The Traffic Police has got cracking with focused drives targeting offending motorists. Dadwal announced that the number of traffic challans issued increased by 33 per cent this year.

“We have noticed that many motorists try to edge out on to the zebra crossing at intersections during a red signal — they even change lanes while at a red light. All these offences will be taken seriously,” Dadwal said. Challans for stop-line violations have increased by more than double this year,he said.

The traffic police are also focusing on defective number plates. The number of challans issued in this regard has increased by more than 200 per cent. “Such plates make motorists think they can get away with any offence as the traffic police will not be able to write down their number,” Joint Commissioner (Traffic) S N Shrivastava said.

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