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New bosses, old priorities!

WATER, ELECTRICITY and sanitation are daily woes. Therefore, they are on top of my priority list, said Ramendra Nath Tripathi ?There should not be scarcity of pure drinking water for people. I had a meeting with Jal Sansthan officials regarding this. The second issue is electricity. I want whatever power supply that Lucknow gets should go to the people to the maximum.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 00:47 IST

WATER, ELECTRICITY and sanitation are daily woes. Therefore, they are on top of my priority list, said Ramendra Nath Tripathi

“There should not be scarcity of pure drinking water for people. I had a meeting with Jal Sansthan officials regarding this. The second issue is electricity. I want whatever power supply that Lucknow gets should go to the people to the maximum. To increase generation or to have more power supply coming to Lucknow is not in my hands. But, my thrust will be to minimise power disruption due to local faults, and whenever any local faults lead to disruption of power in a particular area, then the fault should be rectified in the minimum possible time. I want LESA to react fast to local faults,” said Tripathi.

“I don’t like bad water or electricity supply or sanitation problems developing into a law and order problems,” he said hinting at dharnas, demonstrations and violent protests that sometimes erupt from irate mob.  The city of late had many cases of Jal Sansthan and LMC officials being held captive by local public to make these establishments ensure proper water supply and sanitation.

Water and electricity are summer priorities. About monsoon he says: “I have plans that sanitation situation should be kept good. I don’t want people to suffer, fall ill or die due to outbreak of infectious diseases. There should be advance preparation for monsoon in the form of cleaning and desilting of nullahs and side-drains and facilitating draining of water from areas so
that water logging should not take place. We already have a list of areas that are susceptible to outbreak of diseases and that have a history of mass infections during monsoon. I had a talk with Chief Medical Officers. CMO already has a contingency plan ready.

However, in case still some outbreak takes place, we will ensure that we contain it in the minimum response time,” he said.

He said he has constituted a Special Task Force for the purpose, drawing officers from district administration, LESA, LMC, and Jal Sansthan for the purpose.

“We will soon be releasing phone numbers on which people can contact and complain to the task force,” he said.

The task force will work to identify and pin-point problem areas, monitor work and progress. “For better efficiency and fast reaction time, we have divided the city into seven sectors with a separate team for each one of them and then the common task force over all of them,” said Tripathi at his camp office.

“However, I want to make an appeal to people that they should keep their tempers in check. Sometimes it becomes difficult for officers and staff to work under terror from public. Officers and staff should not feel threatened. They will function better if people cooperate and understand,” he said.

More security to fairer sex

MORE TRANSPARENCY. More security to women. No mercy to guilty cops and a continued battle against land mafia. That’s how (Dr) GK Goswami spelt out his priorities, soon after assuming charge as SSP on Sunday morning.

Goswami said his prime job would be to ensure security to women. Policemen found guilty of ignoring complaints from women complainants would not be spared. He has planned strategies to deal with the incidents related to women. “You would soon witness them,” he said when asked about his plans.

“Complaints against police would be resolved at your doorstep,” said this 1996 batch IPS officer, who has served as ASP (undertrainee) in Gorakhpur, ASP and SSP in Varanasi, SSPs at Etawah, Moradabad, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, SP Chitrakoot and SP Vigilance.

Dr Goswami finds Lucknow as the most challenging task as an SSP. But, he assured all complaints lodged with the police station or the senior official office would be resolved within three days. The constable of the beat would contact the complainant at his house and would try to sort out the problem on his own. If the matter required intervention of the senior official then only it would be referred to further step.

He said the reason for the rise in burglary, thefts and robberies in the newly established areas on city outskirts had been insufficient manpower. He admitted it was difficult to carry out patrolling in every corner of the area with inadequate police force. And that gives enough elbow to the miscreants, he reasoned.
To deal with such crises, he said he would ask the concerned in-charge of the police stations, circle officers and the additional SPs to identify the most prone areas and intensify patrolling and depute picket duty at such points.

Traffic: Besides keeping a tight hold on crime control and law and order, Dr Goswami said movement of traffic on the road depicts the picture of the police. Therefore, he said, he would make all efforts to develop traffic sense among those moving on the road. The SSP made an appeal to the media seeking their help in the cause. Dr Goswami does not believe in forcing the traffic rules on the people. But, he feels making them aware about dangers of not following traffic norms.

Land grabbing: Another affair which affects the common men and requires fair intervention of the police is property dispute and land grabbing. Usually policemen are alleged to play a dubious role while settling property related matters.

He said he would not tolerate any complaint stating involvement of any policemen in helping land grabbers. The operation which was being run against land mafia by former SSP Ashutosh Pandey would be continued as usual, the new SSP said. Besides, Dr Goswami said action would be initiated against those persons who had submitted sureties in the bail bond of those criminals who are on the run after committing a crime. He would ask the cops to prepare a list of criminals hailing from other districts but are active in the State Capital.“I will personally monitor things.”

His topmost long-term priority is betterment of traffic situation.