This time it is the Delhi Police who does not know whom to dial for help. With just 55-days left for the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi Police is likely to face a serious shortage of Police Control Room vans and trained and experienced personnel to drive them around.
The Delhi Police has for sometime been been planning to increase its fleet of PCR vans but the plan is still stuck in the pipeline.
No PCR for public
So it won’t be surprising if some hapless Delhiite calls the police and has a harrowing time during the Commonwealth Games. The police was supposed to buy 400 new PCR vans for the Games which were supposed to increase the fleet to more than 1,000. But the plan never saw the light of day. Now with almost no time left, the police will have to hire them.
The Delhi Police has decided to deploy 285 PCR vans around the Games sites. These vans, for the duration of the Games, would be part of the fleet assigned with the sole task of protecting the sites and reacting to any incident during the Games. These vans would be pulled from the Delhi Police’s total fleet of 630 PCR.
Till now, the police has not been able to decide whether to buy new PCR vans or to hire them so that there is no shortage during the Games. The tender process has still not been put out to buy or to hire them. But the police seem confident that they will be able to handle the situation.
“We are tied up and lined up for the Games. There will be adequate vans for the games as well as the city. If possible we will buy the PCR vans or hire them. The city will not suffer,” said Delhi Police Spokesperson Rajan Bhagat.
No experienced men
The other problem that is stopping the Delhi Police from buying PCR vans is the shortage of manpower. The Delhi Police needs around 800 experienced personnel for the fleet.
Senior police officers said that 12,000 personnel to be recruited into the force cannot handle operational work like PCRs.
“The man in the PCR is the first on the scene. They need to be experienced to handle various situations. We do not have enough men right now. A newly-appointed recruit can be at most a gunman,” said a senior police officer.