Soon,wearing helmets while riding two-wheelers will be made mandatory for all city police personnel. The city police have already placed an order for 2,000 new helmets with a private company and another order for 2,000 more would be placed soon.
The order for 2,000 helmets has been given to a company with international contracts. We will place order for 2,000 more soon. The helmets will be distributed to our police personnel. Once the helmets are available,we will make it compulsory for all our cops to use it while riding two-wheelers, said Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol at the Idea Exchange at The Indian Express office on Saturday.
Civil society is not willing to use helmets while riding. There is lot of opposition. Now,it is a compulsion to wear helmets in Pune Cantonment area. To create awareness,we made helmets compulsory for anybody riding two- wheelers inside the police commissionerate. Now,we will make it compulsory for all cops, said Pol.
On September 13,the police chief had issued an order that two-wheelers would not be allowed on the premises of Pune police commissionerate if the rider is not wearing a helmet.
The order came after a report was submitted by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic control branch) Vishwas Pandhare about people not wearing helmets while riding two-wheelers into the premises of police commissionerate.
Accordingly,many cops had purchased new helmets. But many prefer to park their two-wheelers outside the premises of police commissionerate,blocking the space for in the public parking.
Earlier,former Pune police commissioner Meeran Borwankar too had tried to make helmets compulsory for all police personnel riding two-wheelers.
The initiative is aimed at creating awareness among citizens about use of helmets. We want to lead by example, the police chief said.