The state government has started efforts to implement mega-city policing in Noida and Ghaziabad.
Mega-city policing is the Centre’s initiative, which will mean better security, infrastructure and more recruitment in police forces.
On Monday, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav demanded from the Centre to provide the mega-city policing equipment to NCR areas in UP. However, he said the police in NCR and adjoining areas have the best weaponry and advanced technology.
In Noida, cases of theft, burglary, kidnapping, crime against women and cyber crime have shot up. Due to the deteriorating law and order, industrialists and entrepreneurs, including residents, live in fear. Many units are shifting or closing due to the rise in crime graph.
“The augmentation of the existing manpower, equipment and resources, which has been delayed inordinately, is the need of the hour to put in place a 21st century, modern police force with a humane face” said Prakash Singh, former state police chief.
There are 72 PCR vans in Noida and Greater Noida. Forty of them have been hired and their drivers do not have any police training. They are not police vehicles or equipped to deal with a serious law and order problem. Most police telephones do not work. There is a perennial shortage of manpower too.
The chief minister said there should better coordination between the UP police and their NCR counterparts. He said big-time recruitment was needed as police-population ratio was very low. “The floating population from Delhi and Gurgaon means crime in Noida isvery swift. Surrounded by intense crime pockets such as Merrut, Bulandshahr and Ghaziabad, conmbating crime in Noida has been a challenge for the police. Integration of crime control measures in NCR towns is needed,” said a senior official.
Yadav demanded that the union government financially help Noida with Rs 5,000crore in the next five years. He has urged the prime minister to ensure that the UP police be granted a central aid of R800 crore for modernisation. Under the modernisation plan, the chief minister has mooted strengthening of videoconferencing facilities between prisons and district courts, disaster management and fire services.