The Ghaziabad police on Monday received 17 new police control room (PCR) vehicles, under the state government’s Dial100 police emergency response system project.
Although the official launch of the project in Ghaziabad is on January 7, the vehicles were flagged off on Monday, ahead of the expected announcement of the model code of conduct for assembly polls.
Under the Dial100 project, all emergency calls will be routed to the centre in Lucknow, from where they will be diverted to the respective PCR vans in 75 districts with the help of mobile data terminals, wireless sets and other communication equipment.
Ghaziabad is set to get a total of 64 PCR vans under the project, which comprises Bolero and Innova vehicles, by January 7. Of these 64 vehicles, 17 were flagged off on Monday by a member of legislative council (MLC) Rakesh Yadav.
“The centralised control room in Lucknow will maintain the standards, supervise networks and do work economically. Dial100 is under the direct control of the Uttar Pradesh director general of police. The centre is maintained by an agency that is independent of the police,” Anil Agrawal, additional director general (traffic), UP, said.
“The basic purpose is to have a centralised monitoring system and supervise calls, irrespective of the district level interference. The calls will be recorded and information made available under RTI. The vehicles under the project are provisioned to run 150km per day and such provision cannot be made available with district level funds. The government has allocated a separate budget for the project,” Agarwal said.
At present, Ghaziabad district has 71 four-wheelers and 75 two-wheelers for patrol. These vehicles will also continue to be operated, along with the 64 new vehicles under the Dial100 project. The new vehicles are air conditioned and equipped with anti-riot gear, life-saving equipment and equipment to secure a crime scene, among others.
Officials said that they are expecting a maximum of 15-minute response time in city areas and a maximum of 20 minutes for rural areas under the Dial100 project. The project is estimated to cost ₹2,325 crore and has been approved by the state government.
Officials said that they will prepare route charts and assign personnel tasks once they receive all the vehicles. Vehicles under the Dial100 project will not be sanctioned according to police station jurisdiction area, officials said.