Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Wednesday launched the logo of his ambitious ‘Dial-100’ project, saying it would modernise the state police.
Akhilesh admitted that his government is targeted by the Opposition on law and order, and that he hopes to remove that perception with this project, which would ensure rapid response from police. He also claimed the project to be one of the biggest undertaken by his government, and promised to inaugurate more projects during the ongoing Navratra festival.
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“There were many hurdles, but it was one of the biggest decisions taken in Uttar Pradesh to help the common man. It was ensured that there would no paucity of resources, and the system is technically fit. We tried to provide the best of infrastructure, but the Opposition always targets us on law and order,” said Akhilesh.
According to Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, the project is the first of its kind to cater to such a large population, with about 5,000 vehicles constantly on the move.
There would be one state-of-the-art command centre, 700 communication officers who would all be women, and about 1,600 two-wheelers and 3,200 four-wheelers which would cover 150 kilometers each day and about 22 crore km in a year.
Venkat Changavalli, advisor to the state home department, explained that the new project would provide connectivity to police not just through mobile or landline numbers, but also through social media applications like Twitter and even email.
Condemning the reported move of the Centre to launch a 112 emergency number, Changavalli added: “There are talks in the Union ministry to introduce 112 as the emergency number. But it is not right that after about 70 years of Independence, we end up copying Europeans.”
According to sources, the complete version of the mobile application as well as the main project is likely to be inaugurated in the last week of October, or the first week of November. Earlier, the government had announced that it would launch the entire project in October.