Published On : Mon, Mar 26th, 2018

7-storey Police Bhavan to come up in city soon

Nagpur: The Second Capital City of Nagpur will soon have an imposing 7-storey building housing offices of Commissioner of Police and other high-ranking officials. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister for Surface Transport and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Sunday performed bhoomipujan for new Police Bhavan in city. It is coming up at the land behind the existing office of Commissioner of Police in Civil Lines.

The hi-tech office complex will have a number of offices spread over 1.90 lakh sq ft premises. The construction cost of the building has been pegged at Rs 89crore.The Control Rooms of Nagpur City Police and Rural Police will also be housed in same precinct but function from an independent complex. The new building will have hi-tech communication facilities and a conference hall.

The Chief Minister said, delivering his address on the occasion, said “Emphasis during last three-and-a-halfyears has been on modernisation of the police force. We have installed CCTV cameras in cities, set up forensic lab in the district so that police force can respond more effectively using the technology,” he stated.

“Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to set up hi-tech CCTNS (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems) and thus started facility of registration of e-complaints. Increasing the conviction rate was also another goal set for the state police. In that direction, legal and technical evidence gathering methods were adopted in the State and for that forensic and cyber forensic labs set up would prove very useful,” revealed Fadnavis who also holds the Home portfolio.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari batted for electric vehicles and asked senior officials of state police to consider those for police force too. “Pollution has become a major problem in the country and it needs to be addressed urgently. We have set the target to introduce Bharat Stage-VI or BS-VI norms for vehicles by 2020,” Gadkari said.

Gadkari patted Nagpur Police in reducing number of mishaps on city roads. He expressed pain on faulty roads which are a major cause of mishaps “We have identified blind spots on national highways and rectified them by spending Rs 12,000 crore. This would help in bringing down number of accidents,” said Gadkari. Commenting on the worsening parking problem in urban areas, the Union Minister talked about the proposed law wherein if vigilant citizens clicks a picture of wrongly parked car and sent it to the authority then the citizen will get Rs 500 out of Rs 1,000 fine charged from the car owner. The bill is in the Rajya Sabha and once it is passed the parking menace could be tackled in the country, he added.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Ramtek MP Kripal Tumane, Rajya Sabha members Ajay Sancheti and Dr Vikas Mahatme, Mayor Nanda Jichkar, ZP President Nisha Sawarkar, ACS (Home) Sudhir Shrivastava, DGP Satish Mathur, MD (Police Housing), V D Mishra, Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham, Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar, Joint CP Shivajirao Bodkhe, Joint MD (Police Housing) Deepak Pandey, IGP Ankush Shinde, Municipal Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal, MLAs Vikas Kumbhare, Sudhir Parwe, SudhakarDeshmukh,Dr Milind Mane, Sudhakar Kohale, MLCs Parinay Fukey, Anil Sole and former CPs of Nagpur Police including T Singarvel, UD Joshi, RS Sharma, Ankush Dhanvijay also were present on the dais.