Tired of being outrun by high speed desperados and traffic offenders on Delhi roads, traffic police in the capital are planning to catch up with sleek, powerful new bikes.
The traffic police will bid adieu to their old white Bullet motorcycles to make way for a fleet of brand new Bajaj Pulsar 200 cc bikes. The new bikes can be driven at 130 km per hour compared to 100 km per hour for the existing ones and also have a better pick-up.
Delhi traffic police have already bought 250 new motorcycles, fitted with high-end communication systems, which will be used to patrol select corridors. The bikes will supplement the already existing fleet of 493 Police Control Room (PCR) vans in the city.
"It is a part of our modernisation programme. There was a long-felt need to get new bikes which are in sync with the times," Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) SN Shrivastava told IANS.
According to Delhi traffic police, Bajaj Pulsar riders are linked to most cases of gold chain and purse snatching in the capital.
Police sources say instructions have been given to specifically look out for bikers riding swanky 150 cc or 180 cc black colour Pulsars who have a tendency to zip through roads in Bollywood style.
The new police bikes will not be diverted for any VIP duties and will be used solely for catching wayward drivers.
"The bikes are meant for motorcycle policing. They will be given to constables and head constables who will be on the move the whole day and will have the power to fine traffic violators," one official said.
The patrolling routes of the bikes with four stroke engines are yet to be decided.
The capital's traffic police have been lagging behind their counterparts in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, who have been using these bikes for quite some time.
The need for high speed bikes was felt all the more in June last year when around 100 young bikers zipped through the capital's roads. At least 45 were arrested for reckless driving and creating public nuisance.
Of late there have been increasing incidents of speed limits going for a toss among young bikers. Recently, a 21-year-old biker was arrested here for recklessness after trying to set an Indian record on the Delhi-Noida highway for the longest wheelie (ride on one wheel).
Last November two teenagers were killed on the same highway while trying to perform stunts from
, a Bollywood movie about a biker gang.
Police chief YS Dadwal, who took over in July last year, was instrumental in getting the new bikes.