In a first, the capital’s police stations will, starting this Independence Day, permanently sport the tri-colour at their respective entrances, which had been conspicuously missing thus far except at the force’s headquarters at ITO.
Not just the tri-colour, Delhi Police personnel have also been asked to pick up brooms and conduct cleanliness drives across their establishments.
While specially-assigned maintenance staff has been provided to 184 police establishments, residents of police colonies have been asked to clean their vicinity and neighbourhoods.
“Plantation of trees in police colonies and station premises should be organised,” stated an order issued by SK Gautam, joint commissioner of police (general administration) which reached local police stations on Friday night and has been accessed by HT.
The saplings in question have been sent for collection from the department of environment and forest of the Delhi government.
Repainting of traffic signals where necessary, the national flag being hoisted on August 15 at police complexes and ensuring that the police headquarters be illuminated on the nights of August 13, 14 and 15th also form part of the pre-Independence Day facelift that the Delhi Police has planned.
Sources said while the police headquarters has been flooded with calls enquiring about the dimensions and fabric of the tri-colour to be hoisted throughout Saturday, work to install flagpoles had been initiated at police buildings — from the local station to the district DCP’s office - across the capital.
“Apart from these, we plan to initiate something this year that has never been done before - organising an Open Day for local school children during which they can visit police buildings - as well as interaction sessions with vulnerable citizen groups such as senior citizens and working women to break the ice when it comes to public-police interaction,” an officer said.
Independence Day celebrations are expected to see a heavy police deployment with senior police officers having warned their subordinates about any slip-ups.
Markets are being sanitised on a daily basis for security threats and encroachments are being removed with a renewed vengeance. “The facelift will be a major task in view of the security duties we are supposed to perform anyway. Let’s see how it goes. The Commissioner wants a report on utter compliance by August 18,” an officer stated.