RK Padmanabhan, the most senior IPS officer in the district, will head the newly-created Pimpri-Chinchwad police commissionerate from August 15. During his posting as the additional director-general of police (traffic) RK Padmanabhan regularly interacted with commuters on the Pune-Mumbai expressway and discussed innovative ways to improve traffic conditions to prevent accidents. He also took active feedback from the commuters to improve policing on the highway. One of the initiatives, which Padmanabhan introduced on the expressway was ‘golden hours’ in which heavy vehicles were not allowed during peak hours in order to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Besides Padmanabhan, IPS officer Makrand Ranade has been appointed as the joint commissioner. Also, deputy commissioners Namrata Patil and Vinayak Dhakane have been assigned to the new commissionerate. Over 25 lakh residents of the industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad have been eagerly looking forward to the early setting-up of the new police commissionerate after the Maharashtra state home department took a decision to establish a new police commissionerate for the region in April. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis recently had announced in the Maharashtra state assembly that the government planned a new commissionerate for the area and it will be commissioned in a few months’ time. The state administration has started preparing for the inauguration of the police commissionerate. Dr K Venkatesham has been appointed as the new commissioner of police of Pune. Vekatesham has replaced Rashmi Shukla who has been promoted as additional director general (ADG) of highway safety patrol (HSP). A number of transfers were effected by the state home department aimed at dealing with the law and order situation in the state and important cities. Dr K Venkatesham, who was earlier the Nagpur police chief, has also worked as additional director general of police (Training and Special Units), Maharashtra state police headquarters. He is an officer of the 1988 batch of the Indian police service (IPS) and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had appointed him as the chief of the special task force (STF) to investigate the multi-crore scholarship scam in educational institutions across Maharashtra. Dr Venkatesham began his career as additional superintendent (ASP) Gondia district which was his first posting on completion of his IPS training . He has worked as the deputy commissioner of police in different zones in Mumbai and is known for his crackdown against gangsters. He had also worked in the Mumbai Special Branch II as an in-charge of Foreigners Registration and Immigration at the international airport. His other important postings have been as deputy director in Intelligence Bureau (IB), DIG (Law and Order) and Additional CP (South Mumbai).The Maharashtra government on Monday transferred 11 senior IPS officers, including police chiefs of Thane, Pune, Navi Mumbai and Nagpur, three days after effecting a major reshuffle in the police establishment.