City police stations sport a new look

Abandoned vehicles cleared; gardens, walking tracks put up

August 24, 2018 01:18 am | Updated 01:18 am IST - CHENNAI

The city police is in the process of creating the much-needed ambience at the workplace, with some stress-busters thrown in for good measure. In the past, police stations have often looked shabby, with unclaimed vehicles piled up all around. But about five months ago, things changed.

“We decided to clean up the stations. The first task was to remove the unclaimed vehicles,” Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan told The Hindu.

Of the over 10,000 confiscated vehicles — 99% of them two-wheelers, rusting for years — 7,912 vehicles were handed over to the Chennai Corporation for auctioning.

Most of the vehicles were abandoned by criminals after committing some offence and only a few were seized for violations. These vehicles also became a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Police stations are being spruced up with paver blocks, greenery and other facilities. For instance, D-2 Anna Salai has a synthetic badminton court. Mylapore police station has a walking track, garden and a gym. Elephant Gate police station sports a new look with a park. Washermanpet police station has a lush garden. Tondiarpet, Puzhal and Nazarathpet stations have been beautified with paver blocks and gardens.

“Many police stations have got a fresh look while others are in the process of getting a makeover,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Thirunavukarasu.

Hereafter, only vehicles that are case properties will be parked close to police stations. The Police Commissioner is closely monitoring progress, officials said.

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