HYDERABAD:Law and order and surveillance forces in Cyberabad received a massive boost as a whopping `70 crore was allocated to Cyberabad Police in Telangana’s first budget. Out of the budget, `25 crore was allocated towards establishing CCTV cameras across Cyberabad area. There was also a `7 crore plan for the Cyberabad Commissionerate, where another floor will be constructed and will have a proper command centre with a video wall.
In addition to this, `2 crore has been allocated to each police station in Cyberabad area, including Adibatla, Gachibowli and the newly opened women’s police station and IT corridor police station. As part of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s ‘Smart and Safe’ policing projects to be more people- friendly. The entire budget includes, modernised reception centres in each station, not just for law & order but also for traffic and other centres.
Cyberabad police commissioner CV Anand said, ‘’It is the first time in history that the police have been given a grand budget, so I’m more than happy with it.” A significant proportion of the budget has also been allocated towards improving basic infrastructure in police station and for visiting officers. ‘’Currently basic infrastructure facilities are quite bad. Our forces and officers coming from other parts of the country are being made to stay in stadiums and colleges. So we plan to give them good housing and are planning to construct modernised barracks,” Anand said.
However, Anand conceded that there are still a few things that need to be sorted out. ‘’We have missed out on traffic in this budget. We need a new traffic management centre. In addition to this, we will also work on acquiring better technology in the next budget,” he explained.
Techies Hail Budget
Software professionals, graphic designers and residents of the Cyberabad area were impressed with the budget allocated to the Cyberabad Police and hope that the projects planned with the budget will be implemented, as promised. ‘’Police are often neglected during the budget so it’s pleasing to see them given the importance that they deserve. Providing `70 crore to the police is certainly a step in the right direction and we hope that the crime rate drops now,” said Aditya Shivram, an IT professional. “To be honest, the whole IT Park area is quite isolated and I often feel unsafe. There is a need for good policing in this area, as it is extremely susceptible to crime. I’m happy to see the government pay attention to this issue,” shares Shravya Reddy, an accounts manager at an MNC. Keshav Parthasarathy, another software employee, was a little more skeptical. “How often have we heard of big plans and grand schemes? We are often promised the sky but nothing really happens. All this talk about command centres and modernised police station is well and good but unless I see them constructed, I will take it with a pinch of salt.” “The police here are inaccessible and unapproachable. Hopefully, with these modern reception centres, we will see our forces to be more fast,” Apeksha Rao, a resident of Hitech City, said.