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VIP movement: 1,000 visits in 2010, 300 cops on each route

delhi Updated: Dec 21, 2010 01:17 IST
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Had it not been misty on Sunday evening, PM Manmohan Singh would have taken a helicopter from Burari, where the Congress plenary session was in progress, to his residence at Race Course Road.

The traffic snarls and pile-ups caused by the PM's movement on Sunday evening was reportedly the reason why 45-year-old Anil Jain could not be taken to the hospital on time.

"The PM and the Congress president were scheduled to take a chopper to Burari and back on Sunday but couldn't do so because of bad weather and bad light," said a senior police officer.

Delhi Police records show that this year, on an average, the police handled five VIP movements daily. The New Delhi district, comprising arterial areas like Connaught Place, Sardar Patel Marg, Tilak Marg alone handled over 1,000 VIP visits.

At least 300 policemen are required to be deployed on each route per movement, enough to run three police stations in Delhi. Some men from the National Security Guard (NSG) and officials from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) are also deployed on the route.

Delhi Police had earlier requested the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to dedicate a train on the new Connaught Place-Airport Express line for VIP movement. VIPs use the Air Force Base near the IGI airport frequently when flying out of the country.

"VIPs should use helicopters as much as possible to commute within the city. A helipad should be built close to strategic locations like Rajpath, which is frequented the most by VIP's," said Ajai Raj Sharma, former Delhi police commissioner.