With petrol prices rising by the day, the Delhi Police have decided to use diesel-run Innova cars as PCR vans instead of the Maruti Gypsies. Thirty- eight new Innova cars were inducted in the Delhi Police’s fleet of PCR vans a week ago.
A feedback report was prepared based on the vehicle’s performance and senior police officers found the car cost-effective as well as more spacious than any other vehicle."Since Innova runs on diesel, it is very good from economic point of view. While Gypsy gives an average of 6-8 km/litre — that too on petrol, Innova gives an average of 10km/litre on diesel. We will be saving a lot of money on fuel if we replace the existing vehicles with Innova cars. A proposal regarding this has been submitted," a senior police officer said.
At present, there are 612 PCR vans — 162 Taveras, 178 Qualis and 263 Maruti Gypsies — which are either stationed or keep moving around at all the key posts across the city. Apart from that, there are nine PCR ambulances.
Earlier, the Delhi Police had planned to impart more colour to the existing fleet in order to make it more visible.
However, the Delhi Police have suggested few modifications so that some space can be created for a stretcher, whenever needed.
Even the beacon of new PCRs have been changed and a strip of light has been placed at the top of the car to make it more visible.
Last year, Delhi Police’s PCR vans had responded to a total of 1.42 crore calls across the city. The vans were also active in nabbing criminals and 648 criminals were caught red-handed by the PCR staff.