The director general of police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh, Javeed Ahmad, on Sunday announced that eight new police stations will be set up in Noida soon.
He said that official work for setting up the stations — in Sector 105, Okhla barrage, Sector 142, Sector 115, Sector 63, Phase-1 and rural areas of Ajayabpur and Aichar — is almost completed. He made the announcement while interacting with the representatives of the federation of Noida residents’ welfare association (FONRWA) in Sector 52.
The DGP said that the Noida authority will provide land and buildings for the new police stations.
Ahmad also reiterated that improving security in Noida is the police’s top priority. Several steps are being taken to ensure that the people living in the city feel secure, he said.
He said incidents pertaining to safety and security in Noida have an impact on the entire state.
“Noida is an important place in the state as it is a part of NCR and has direct access to national capital. The population is also rising here and ensuring efficient policing is my top priority,” said Ahmad.
The DGP said that there are 45 Dial-100 vans in Noida but residents are not using the helpline when they face problems. He said that issues of those who have called the helpline were resolved speedily and urged residents to use this facility.
“I have asked the district police to crack down at the earliest against those indulging in petty crimes such as chain snatching and robbery. Women’s security is our priority and every officer must ensure that their area is secure for women,” said Ahmad.
He also said that women who are in distress or facing any problem can call the dedicated helpline — 1090. He said that awareness regarding the women’s helpline is required.
Ahmad said, “Helpline-1090 is efficiently monitored and women should make use of it for prompt action. Complaints lodged on the helpline will be addressed on a priority basis.”
He also said that the state police has proposed installation of CCTV cameras in Noida and 11 other cities. He said that tenders will be issued soon for the project.
The residents’ representatives raised concerns that metro stations are not safe for women. Residents said that when passengers come out of metro stations, they are surrounded by auto drivers and this practice should be checked.
Anita Singh of Sector 36 told the DGP that she has seen youngsters doing drugs outside the Sector 18 Metro station. She said, “When a commuter travels from the Sector 18 Metro station to Golf Course, there is no police presence in the late night hours.”
The DGP responded that a PCR van will remain on duty on the route so that those commuting late do not face any problem.