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PCR vans to get new look, colours

Saddled with a spate of crimes, the Delhi Police is changing colour. At least the PCR vans used by it are.

delhi Updated: May 05, 2011 01:46 IST
Faizan Haider

Saddled with a spate of crimes, the Delhi Police is changing colour. At least the PCR vans used by it are.

Delhi Police is planning to add more colour to police control room (PCR) vans to make them more 'visible'.

The force is consulting a private firm to either change the colour of PCR vans or add some more colours to the existing ones, so that those in need of police intervention can identify these vans easily.

"The idea is to make PCR vans more visible and for that, we are taking several steps. There is no point if a PCR van is parked by the road but a person in need is not able to identify it,” said Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police (operations) said.

"The colour of the vans should be such that it's easy to identify even if 100 vehicles are standing nearby,” Mishra added.

The private firm has suggested colours like blue and red to be added in the PCR vans but Delhi Police is also considering changing the colour of the vans completely.

"We may add coloured stripes. The colour may also be changed completely," said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity. The PCR section of the Delhi Police has around 6,000 officers.

Delhi Police have also advised men posted in PCR vans to park them at places where they can be spotted easily. http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/040511/05_05_11-metro-5.jpg

"We have often seen PCR vans parked in a roadside park or behind a shop. The purpose of deploying PCR vans cannot be solved like this," said Mishra.

"It has to be visible and so, we have asked officers to always keep vans on main roads. If someone complains that vans are parked at a place where they can't be seen, strict action would be taken," Mishra added.

Delhi Police have also planned to change beacon lights on existing PCR vans, with the new ones being larger.

"Currently, we have battery-operated beacon lights which get discharged quickly. We have now procured new lights which won't get discharged and are bigger," Mishra said further.

Currently, 612 PCR vans — 162 Tavera, 178 Qualis and 263 Maruti Gypsy — are either stationed or mobile across the city.