Easing snarls on e-way is new top cop’s priority

  • Gulam Jeelani, Hindustan Times, GURGAON
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 00:42 IST
Sandeep Khirwar (right) takes over as the police commissioner of Gurgaon from Navdeep Singh Virk at the commissioner’s office on Wednesday evening. (Abhinav Saha/ht photo)

For newly appointed city police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar, the immediate task at hand would be chalking out a strategy for smooth vehicular movement on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.

“I am told that there are already some plans in place. We will see how much they have been implemented. If we think a modification in traffic scheme or better deployment of personnel is required, we will implement them. And, this will be done with immediate effect so that vehicular movement on the expressway is regulated,” Khirwar said, after taking over from his predecessor Navdeep Singh Virk at commissioner’s office Wednesday evening.

The 1995 batch IPS officer Khirwar’s posting as Gurgaon police commissioner comes more than a fortnight after heavy rainfall submerged Gurgaon and led to traffic jams that extended miles, leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

An electrical engineering graduate from IIT Delhi, Khirwar said moral boosting of police personnel will also be among the priorities. Besides, he will work on improving basic policing, reducing crime and maintaining law and order.

“I need some time to figure out the present state of affairs. Then only will I be able to enlist issues that need to be taken up on priority,” 43-year-old Khirwar said. He was posted as inspector general of police (IGP), security, with additional charge of IGP, railway and commandos, before being transferred to Gurgaon.

After completing the initial formalities, Khirwar was briefed about his work by Virk. He also had a meeting with police officials, including deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners, followed by a dinner at Galaxy Hotel.

Khirwar has also worked for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Delhi Police, and has been the police head of several districts including Hisar, Panchkula, Ambala and Yamunanagar .

Navdeep Singh Virk had joined as commissioner of police, Gurgaon, on November 23, 2014. A 1994 batch IPS officer, Virk will take charge as the inspector general of police (IGP), Rohtak range.

Virk’s parting note

On his last day in office as commissioner of police, Gurgaon, Navdeep Singh Virk bid an emotional goodbye to city residents.

“Nothing endures more than change. It is inevitable. That’s why it is now time for me to move on to newer challenges that duty presents. This time, as IGP, Rohtak Range,” Virk said.

He also said he was satisfied after his 20-month stint as Gurgaon’s top cop.

“..satisfied that I touched lives of the men on the street, knowingly and unknowingly,” he said, recalling the community policing initiative, the car-free day experiment and the Udaan initiative.

He said his take away from the stint is creating a people-police bond in Gurgaon.

Thereafter, he wished good luck to his successor. “I have full confidence that under the able leadership of my successor, Sandeep Khirwar, Gurgaon Police will reach greater heights,” he said.

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