Nikhil bhardwaj

Tribune press service

Ludhiana, September 26

Taking the first initiative after joining here as Police Commissioner, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar toured the South City Canal route and decided to immediately step up day-night patrols on the stretch. The entire stretch witnesses heavy traffic but minimal police presence, putting commuters at risk.

Non-functional street lights

Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, who visited the road overnight, noticed that more than 90% of the streetlights were not working. The police will contact the officials of the national road network concerned to immediately make these fires operational.

CCTV cameras to be installed at vulnerable points

Bhullar said police would install CCTV cameras at vulnerable points. The live feed from CCTV cameras already installed on commercial and residential buildings would be monitored to keep an eye out for criminal elements.

Speed ​​interceptor

The canal route had experienced major road accidents due to speed in the past, and to reduce the violation, a speed interceptor would be installed on the section. On July 25, three of the four occupants of a car were killed when their vehicle fell into the Sidhwan Canal near the Raghunath Enclave on the South City Road.

The canal route also has a few restaurants and liquor bars due to which the risk of offenses such as drunk driving on this route remains high. This stretch is also prone to accidents, as most drivers are often speeding.

Bhullar, along with Joint Police Commissioner Deepak Pareek, Additional DCP Sameer Verma and the region’s SHO, visited the road and found many gaps in terms of safety settings.

South City Road is a developing area with residential and commercial buildings. This road connects to various roads in the city and even to the newly constructed Upper Bridge. It also leads to Ladhowal and then to Jalandhar, Bhullar said.

“Although this road is vulnerable to crime and traffic accidents, I didn’t see a lot of police presence there. Now we have devised a security plan under which permanent police nakas would be stationed on this road where police personnel armed with sophisticated weapons would be deployed. PCR teams will be trained and will patrol the section for 24 hours. Plainclothes cops will also patrol the road, ”Bhullar said.


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