In Mohali, police come up with six-storey building

Finally, the Punjab Police is ready with its state-of-the-art six-storey building at Phase IV in Mohali. That too, before the scheduled deadline of January 31.

The Rs 8-crore building will house the state's first cyber and crime police stations alongwith forensic science and cyber forensic laboratories in Physics, Texilogy, Lie-detection, Biology, Chemistry and Ballistic to end Punjab Police's dependency on other states to conduct various tests to investigate a crime, especially cyber crimes.

Till date, the police have been depended on forensic science laboratories in Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Bangalore for conducting such tests.

"The new building is complete and has also been furnished," Punjab Police Housing Corporation (PPHC) Managing Director (MD) M K Tiwari told Newsline on Monday.

Though the building was likely to be opened on March 1, but due to the preoccupation of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal — who will inaugurate the building — no date has been fixed yet.

"The deputy CM will inaugurate the new facilities," said Tiwari. This is the first time that two underground stories have been constructed in a building in Mohali.

On being shifted to Mohali, an ill-equipped forensic science laboratory — situated near the Punjab Police headquarters at Sector 9 in Chandigarh — will be upgraded.

In November 2008, the then Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) N P S Aulakh had laid the foundation of the project. The work had formally began in January 2009 after procuring necessary approvals and sanctions from concerned departments.

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