Jaya Unveils Fully-loaded Beat Patrol Cop Bikes
By Express News Service | Published: 20th February 2014 07:31 AM |
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday inaugurated a number of schemes aimed at improving the transport infrastructure and police operations in the city. She flagged off 50 new small buses, 109 refurbished buses and eight new buses. She also flagged off 403 newly fitted patrol motorcycles, which are to be used in the new patrol system that has been put in place by the city’s police force.
The 403 newly fitted motorcycles are to be used by the Chennai Metropolitan Police in its new patrolling system. The system would see the city’s 135 police stations be split into three or four sectors each. Each of these sectors would be patrolled 24 hours a day, by a three-person team working in rotation.
Members of these patrol teams would be designated ‘patrol officers’, and they would be required to collect information and intelligence and also develop the police force’s relationship with the general public. The patrol officers would also be required to reach the spot before a more full-fledged police response in the event of law and order issues. They would have a distinct uniform and head gear.
The TVS Apache bikes have been fitted with sirens and LED lamps. Each patrol officer would be equipped with the new patrol vehicle, a mobile phone, wireless handset and flash LEDs, to enable them to carry out their functions even in dark or narrow streets.
Chief Secretary Sheela Balakrishnan, Home Secretary Apurva Varma, DGP K Ramanujam, Chennai Police Commissioner S George and other officials were present at the flagging off.
Jayalalithaa also flagged off 50 new small buses, which cost the government `7.6 crore, to expand the existing network and improve connectivity of areas, that are either not served or underserved by the city’s bus network, with other transport nodes like bus terminuses or railway stations. She also flagged off additions to the city’s bus fleet. These included 109 buses, which have been refurbished at a cost of `8.02 crore, and eight new buses. Jayalalithaa also inaugurated two new workshops for the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC). These have been set up to improve MTC’s capacity to match the growing fleet. The new workshops have been set up at Besant Nagar and Adambakkam at a cost of `69 lakh and `86 lakh respectively. Transport Minister Senthil Balaji, Chief Secretary Sheela Balakrishnan, Transport Secretary Braj Kishore Prasad and other government functionaries were among those present at the flagging off.