Monday, August 8, 2022

Mnp CM flags off GPS-enabled highway patrol


Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday flagged off the second phase of the dedicated highway patrol equipped with GPS enabled vehicles in front of his secretariat in Imphal.
In a bid to enhance security to the travellers along national highways in Manipur, the police department introduced the dedicated highway patrol equipped with GPS enabled vehicles on May 13 last.
The first phase of the highway patrol vehicles covered the stretch of NH-2 from Mao of Senapati bordering Nagaland to Gamgiphai of Kangpokpi district. The second phase which the chief minister introduced on Wednesday will cover the stretch of NH-102 (Imphal-Moreh section) from Pallel to Moreh.
The patrol vehicles along the Kangpokpi-Senapati stretch of the highway can be reached through mobile number 9612700785 and those along Tengnoupal-Moreh stretch on 8794427656. Talking to reporters after flagging off the dedicated highway patrol vehicles, the chief minister lauded state chief secretary, DGP and the entire police force for their effort in providing security to the public especially along the highways.
Singh said that the state police force has already flagged off six GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles to cover Kangpokpi and Senapati stretch of the highway. The next preparation was to launch similar patrol vehicles along the Imphal-Jiribam highway, Singh said.
The highway patrol vehicles have been quite effective, he said, stressing that the patrol vehicles have been able to check miscreants trying to harm drivers and truckers and other distress calls along the Kangpokpi -Senapati highway stretch.
“With these patrol vehicles, the police can now provide assistance to any truck or driver stranded along the highways,” he claimed.
Singh observed that the dedicated highway patrol for the national highways in the state has been a dream of the government for long and that recruitment for setting up of 10th and 11th IRB were conducted for the purpose of launching a highway protection force.
He said once the results of the recruitments are declared, they will be utilized for the same and hinted at the declaration of the long pending results by next month (July).
Director General Of Police (DGP) P Doungel claimed a marked scaling down of crime rates along NH-2 since the launch of the GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles
He added that these dedicated patrol vehicles can now act on any distress call along the highway 24*7 and added that the state police were planning to provide the same benefits along NH-37, the important lifeline of the state. “We want to secure the highway also, not only from the underground and other anti-social elements, but also to assist people who are stranded,” he said.
“At the same time these patrol vehicles will provide support in surprise checks against illegal drug trafficking and other security operations along the route,” the DGP added.
Transport minister Khashim Vashum, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, top civil and police officials also attended the flagging off ceremony among others.

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