Staff Reporter

Police strength in Erode to be augmented, says ADGP

ERODE: Erode police will initiate steps to reduce accidents in the city and district, Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, T. Rajendran has said.

Addressing journalists after a routine review meeting with the police officials at the District Police Office here on Tuesday, he said: “The police will look at effective enforcement, creation of parking bays and one-ways and talk to Corporation and other departments concerned to bring down accidents.

The ADGP’s discussion comes in the wake of Erode ranking high on the list of accident-prone districts in the State, which in itself tops the list of accident-prone states with 12,000 deaths a year.

The police have identified certain reasons like the city having no by-pass to divert heavy vehicle movement and daily market and bus stand in the heart of the town.

The officer said as for the aforementioned reasons the police would talk to the City Corporation to see what could be done to bring down accidents and deaths.

Plan needed

He also suggested that the city needed to have a plan. Erode police along with civic agencies need to sit together, discuss and arrive at a city plan in the next couple of years, so that development works could be executed according to the master plan for regulated growth.

Responding to a question on the city having a police commissionerate, Mr. Rajendran said the present situation did not warrant one and the same could be considered in another five years.

The strength of the Erode police would be augmented, was his answer to another question on police strength after the district’s bifurcation.

We are expecting a Government Order in this regard and once it has been issued, the strength will be increased.

Regarding monitoring of naxal movement and investigations into the mystery of boats washed ashore near Ramanathapuram, the ADGP said the police wings concerned were at the job.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Coimbatore, M. Ramasubramani and Superintendent of Police Avinash Kumar were also present.