Nagpur: With the Second Capital City of Nagpur turning a metro city in the course of rapid expansion, two more Police Stations are likely to be set up to effectively deal with alarming crime situation in the city. Most significantly, Nagpur City now hosts Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is incidentally holding the Home portfolio as well. This fact hastened the decision to set up two more Police Stations which could be called by names Beltarodi and Mihan. Fadnavis, at a recently held meeting with top police officials, has ordered search of suitable place for these two upcoming police stations.
At present, Nagpur city has 23 police stations. Earlier too, Government had announced setting up of three more police stations in Bajaj Nagar, Shanti Nagar and Mankapur areas of the city. But these police stations till today have not seen the sunrise owing to non-availability of proper place. The Chief Minister has sought word from the top police officials in this regard.
According to sources, the Chief Minister Fadnavis announced the decision to set up Beltarodi and Mihan police stations after meeting Commissioner of Police K K Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police Anupkumar Singh and other high-ranking officials as Nagpur has grown enormously in these two areas. Several big industrial projects are coming up in MIHAN and Beltarodi has now become a network of many townships. The two new police stations would help in lessening the existing burden the other police stations are carrying out, sources said.
The number will stand at 28:
The coming up of Beltarodi, Mihan police stations in addition to the likely setting up pending police stations in Bajaj Nagar, Shanti Nagar and Mankapur will make total stand at 28. There is a plan to recruit 3500 policemen in Nagpur city in the year 2015. The additional workforce will certainly help smooth functioning of police department in city. The city had, few years back, the jurisdiction of 10 kilometers but now has grown to around 25 kilometers. With this change in jurisdiction scenario, the scenario of crime too changed, of course, in alarming proportions. Apart from other routine crimes, cyber crimes are now posing a challenge to city police. In view of the present crime situation, the Commissioner of Police had ordered setting up of police posts in the areas where three police stations were to come up.
One police station for one lakh people:
The population of Orange City, as Nagpur is popularly called, is increasing by leaps and bounds. Nagpur is now home of around 26 lakh people. It means the present 23 police stations are taking responsibility of more than one lakh citizens. This is certainly a tall order. The excessive workload is creating various problems in a policeman’s life with family matters and mental peace taking the brunt.
Apart from law and order, the traffic system is also in for a major change. It is being activated on the lines of Delhi traffic system. The Chief Minister has directed the police officials to work on a proposal and pursue the matter till the traffic system in Nagpur is in order.