For visitors to capital's parks, security comes on two wheels

New DelhiPolice said the personnel riding the bicycles will wear yellow-and-black uniforms so that they can be easily distinguished. Their helmets will have the same colour scheme. RAVI KANOJIA

To ensure safety of morning and evening walkers, the constabulary of the Delhi Police has begun patrolling parks and streets in the capital on bicycles. Although the plan has already been initiated on a trial basis, the department is now in the process of procuring hi-tech bicycles and uniforms for the personnel to identify them as a separate unit.

The plan, termed the 'Delhi Police park patrol', was initiated last week and has already become operational.

For this, Delhi Police is now in the process of procuring 40 hi-tech bicycles which will be used to patrol few parks in the capital.

Special Commissioner of Police (Operations) T N Mohan said, "The idea is to make the parks more accessible and bring them under surveillance. This will ensure mobility of police and instill a sense of security among those visiting the parks."

As of now, 10 parks including Lodhi Gardens, Indraprastha, Buddha Garden, Deer Park and a few others in Northwest Delhi and South Delhi have been identified for bicycle patrolling. Police said, over a period of time, the number of parks to be patrolled will be increased, and other areas will be added to the jurisdiction of each constable under this unit.

The plan, police said, was put into place after several incidents of snatching, molestation and other crimes were reported from the parks, resulting in people beginning to avoid the areas.

"Poor lighting, and the fact that there is no security in the area, dissuade many from visiting these places. Gardens and parks are meant for the public and as the force responsible for ensuring the security of those who visit these areas, we came up with this idea," a senior officer said.

The bicycles identified by the department for the project cost nearly Rs 10,000 each. Yellow and black in colour, these bicycles will have added features such as alloy wheels and six gears to ensure mobility.

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