Staff Reporter

Patrolling schedules of all the 18 ‘Rakshak' vehicles will be revised

VIJAYAWADA: Setting up of a ‘May I help you' mobile booth with a sub-inspector of police and two constables and improving the movement of ‘Rakshak' patrolling vehicles on the city roads form part of the strategy of the city police to regulate vehicular traffic and ensure law and order.

Addressing his maiden press conference after taking charge about a fortnight ago, Police Commissioner P.S.R. Anjaneyulu said that the patrolling schedules of all the 18 ‘Rakshak' vehicles would be revised and protection at important junctions would be improved. Any one could air their grievances by calling him on 98499-56000, he reiterated.

The ‘Rakshak' vehicles would patrol at Swaraj Maidan, All India Radio station, BRTS Road, GS Raju Road, Feeder Road, Route No. 5, Siddhartha Academy, Alluri Sitarama Raju Road, Prakasam Barrage, Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium and other walkers' zones between 7.30 a.m. and 9 a.m. These vehicles would concentrate on junctions where colleges, banks and shopping complexes are located from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Patrolling would be intensified at all temples on auspicious days to prevent chain snatchings. Blue Colts vehicles would patrol at Benz Circle, Ramavarappadu Ring and Besant Roads after 10 p.m. every day.

“We have plans to improve security at shopping malls, theatres and hotels. The managements concerned have been asked to install closed circuit cameras not only on their premises, but focussing on the road outside their establishments too,” Mr. Anjaneyulu said. Those leaving the city on a long vacation must inform the police station concerned, so that the police would keep a vigil on their house.

Mr. Anjaneyulu said restrictions were being imposed on auto-rickshaw drivers to regulate vehicular traffic. All auto-rickshaw drivers must necessarily wear khakhi uniform and possess all documents. They must adhere to the speed limit and not allow commuters to board beyond the vehicle capacity. A special drive would be conducted from May 10 to ensure that all auto-rickshaw drivers were following the norms. Stringent action would be initiated against those stopping auto-rickshaws at bus bays and no-parking zones.

Deputy Commissioner of Police G. Vijay Kumar was also present.