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Jaipur gets Abhay Command Centre, cops more interceptors and speed guns

Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria flagged off 20 interceptors and 14 motorcycles equipped with GPS.

jaipur Updated: Jun 06, 2018 21:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Speed gun,e-Challan
Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria hands over e-challan device to traffic police officials in Jaipur on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Wednesday inaugurated Abhay Command Centre at Rajasthan Police headquarters in Jaipur . He also flagged off 20 interceptors and 14 motorcycles equipped with GPS.

“The working capacity of traffic police will increase by the resources obtained from road safety fund,” Kataria said. “Every year almost 10,000 people lose their lives to road accidents in the state, which leads to a very serious situation for their near and dear ones,” Kataria added.

He said 35 per cent of road accident victims drive two-wheelers. Kataria added that 30 per cent of the accidents take place due to drunk driving.

He said this year chief minister Vasundhara Raje has paid special attention towards increasing resources and ensuring that police personnel have access to the necessary facilities. Mess allowance has been increased from Rs 1600 to Rs 2000. A home guard’s per day allowance has also been increased to Rs 693 from Rs 350. “This will not only help improve the personnel’s capacity building, but will also boost their morale,” Kataria said.

“Common man brings his grievance to senior police officials without any fear, There is a need for such an environment in police stations as well.”

Policemen check out the equipment set up in an interceptor vehicle in Jaipur on Wednesday. (Prabhakar Sharma)

DGP O P Galhotra said for the first time that Rs 7.76 crore have been allocated to the police from road safety fund. “After purchasing 20 new interceptors worth Rs 3.2 crore, police now has a total of 76 interceptors. Now every district will have at least one interceptor,” Galhotra said.

Galhotra informed that Rs 45 lakh from the fund have been used to purchase five portable speed laser guns. He said these will be made available to both commissionerates and three other districts. “Each police station has been given Rs 10,000 each for purchasing equipment and repair works. A total of Rs four lakh have also been issued for training,” Galhotra said.

He said five handheld e-challan devices costing Rs 2.05 crore have also been purchased. “Apart from Jaipur and Jodhpur, these devices will also be made available to 12 other districts,” Galhotra said.

On the initiative of IT department, Abhay Command Centres have been established at every divisional headquarters, Galhotra said. “Apart from installing 504 cameras in Jaipur, 1575 cameras have also been installed at all seven divisional headquarters,” Galhotra added. He also said the number of cameras will be increased to over 12,000.

After inaugurating the Command Centre, Kataria also got a detailed insight into its working. He expressed confidence that the centre will prove useful in the monitoring of police vehicles as well as taking preventive measures with regard to criminal activities in the state.

First Published: Jun 06, 2018 21:57 IST