New Delhi: The Delhi Police today launched patrolling on bicycle to improve policing in congested localities in trans-Yamuna region of the city.
The move is also being billed as a green initiative.
The bicycle patrols will complement and supplement the existing motorcycle and PCR patrols which focus mainly on crime prevention along the arterial and main roads of Delhi, police said.
The bicycle patrol was flagged off by Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, the Union minister of state for home affairs, in the presence of Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari and Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik.
He flagged off the first batch of 65 bicycles allotted to the Eastern Range of Delhi Police that comprises three districts — east, northeast and Shahdara.
The bicycle patrols will be ensuring safety in parks where senior citizens and women go for morning and evening walks. They will also be introduced in the campus areas and near schools and colleges.
Cycle patrols can go where traditional patrol vehicles cannot, said Ravindra Yadav, joint commissioner of police, Eastern Range.
He said that they would reach narrow roads and heavily congested areas.