Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was here to attend the Saras mela, unveiled a Rs 100-crore plan to install intensive CCTV cameras in all cities of Punjab. He said that Punjab Police were procuring a new software which would enable the police to zero in on proclaimed offenders roaming freely. He said that CCTV cameras would also help in capturing the images of vehicles parked wrongly, record the footage of overspeeding vehicles and identify snatchers.
Stressing on need to intensify patrolling in the rural areas, Sukhbir said that within two months, Rs 52-crore 'rapid rural response police system' would become operational, after which police would not take more than 10 minutes to reach the scene of crime.
He said the government had already set in motion the process to purchase 1,285 motorcycles, 319 four-wheelers and the vehicles would be equipped on the lines of Scotland Yard. He said that a separate police control room was being established for rural areas and 'zail' (rural beat) system was being introduced, under which small clusters of 2 to 3 villages would be put under the direct command of a police inspector.