The Chandigarh police have more than double the sanctioned strength of cops to manage traffic in the city. The fact has come to the fore in the latest audit report of the police by Director General of Accounts (Chandigarh).
The audit report clearly says that the Chandigarh police have 427 cops against the sanctioned strength of just 168 for the traffic wing.
The audit has raised objection that cops should be deployed only for the units for which they have been sanctioned and not only for traffic.
The number of cops is glaring, considering the fact that the neighbouring town of SAS Nagar has just 41 traffic cops. The entire district has 121 cops, extending from Kharar to Zirakpur going up to Nayagaon for an approximate 10 lakh population.
Meanwhile, there are just around 80 traffic cops for more than 5 lakh population of neighbouring Panchkula district.
Concerned at the raising of the issue by the audit authority, the Chandigarh Police have now decided to write to the ministry of home affairs for allowing it to further increase the strength of cops from exiting 427 to 450 cops.
The demand is significant as the police are struggling to apply brakes to the number of accidents. Already so far this year more than 200 accidents have been reported to the police, of which three fatal accidents took place during the last four days.
As of now the Chandigarh Police have 6,100 cops for approximately 12 lakh population of the city. Around 3,000 cops are deployed for VIP security. About 150 cops each are deployed at 11 police stations, besides police posts across the city. The rest of the cops are posted with police control room, crime against women cell and quick reaction teams.
The need for increasing the number of cops also stems from the fact that the Punjab and Haryana high court is closely monitoring the traffic situation in the city.
The police have been submitting reports to the high court on different traffic projects and have several times in the past found itself at the receiving end for not succeeding in streamlining the flow of traffic in city.
No senior police official was available for comment.