New police stations to be operational by Sept 21: Dadwal
Last Updated: Thursday, September 03, 2009, 20:30
New Delhi: The 29 new police stations sanctioned in the national capital will be fully operational by September 21.

This was disclosed by Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal at a press conference here today. The Centre has sanctioned 29 new police stations in the capital three days ago.

"We are in a process of expansion. We will have enough forces in these police stations. Presence of police stations will surely make an impact in tackling crime," Dadwal told reporters here.

With the addition of 29 new police stations, the total number of such facilities in the capital will increase to 155. Out of the 29 new police stations, seven are already functioning, he informed.

"This will help in better policing and service to the people. There will be more beats which will help in reducing response time besides simplifying the police-public ratio. This will help in the better handling of complainants," he said.

Out of the 29 new police stations, 24 are outside the Outer Ring Road. Four new police stations are added in North-West Delhi followed by three each in South, Outer and North-East, two each in South-East, South-West, West and East and one in Central Delhi.

Dadwal said Delhi had 100 police stations in 1991 and another 16 were added eight years later.

"In less than one year from October 2008 to September 2009, the Government accorded sanction of two districts, 12 sub-divisions and 40 police stations," he said.

Delhi Police have another 14 police stations for departments like Crime Branch, Economic Offences Wing, Delhi Metro, Special Cell, Crime Against Women Cell, Narcotics and Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The Government has also sanctioned nine sub divisions to be headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police. Delhi Police have currently 44 sub divisions.

Delhi Police have, for long, been pressing for increasing its strength to ensure better policing and security in the capital, which ranks high among the terror targets in the country.

Government has also sanctioned 6,478 new personnel include nine will be ACPs, 87 Inspectors, 535 Sub Inspectors, 168 Assistant Sub Inspectors, 1,588 Head Constables and 3,677 Constables. This will incur an expense of Rs 199.15 crore every year.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has said he will conduct five quarterly reviews of the performance of the police stations to check whether the crime graph in these areas have come down after the setting up of police stations.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 03, 2009, 20:30

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