Noida Police seeks electric vehicles to patrol, complains about high maintenance costs of old cars

In order to reduce CO2 emissions in the country, the government has introduced as many electric vehicles as possible in the national capital. From adding electric buses to adding EV cars to its fleet, the government has done it all. Likewise, the Noida Police Department has taken a step towards electric mobility and has sought a fleet of electric vehicles for patrols and other tasks in urban areas. Furthermore, the police have written to the local authorities requesting that more than 60 vehicles be replaced with newer models, highlighting their dilapidated condition and maintenance costs of over Rs 2 crore to date. The commissariat currently has about 400 vehicles, including those of the emergency services 112.

The request to the local authorities is for the replacement of 66 vehicles that are in poor condition, while the EVs in addition to the existing fleet have been requested from the state government. Police Commissioner Alok Singh said a proposal for the introduction of electric vehicles has been discussed with relevant government agencies and their approval is awaited.

“Electric vehicles are the way forward and as a responsible police we certainly do not want to leave a carbon footprint. The EVs would be used for patrols in urban areas and could also be used for other tasks,” said the Noida police chief.

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Separately, he said his department has written to both the local Noida Authority and the Greater Noida Authority to replace a fleet of vehicles supplied by them nearly a decade ago. Officials said the police have asked for the replacement of a total of 66 vehicles over eight years old and most of them have clocked nearly two lakh kilometers.

In addition, the police have spent about Rs 2 crore on maintenance of these 66 vehicles, which now regularly report malfunctions and remain out of service, according to the letters. The vehicles to be replaced are Toyota Innova, Maruti Gypsy and Mahindra Bolero. At least five vehicles were taken off-road in 2020, with the rest being used by police in poor condition, officials said.

“Some Maruti Gypsies are given VIP duties. As Noida is right next to Delhi and a gateway to Uttar Pradesh, VIP visits regularly come with dignitaries in SUVs moving along the highways at a rapid pace. Imagine the old diesel-powered Gypsies trying to keep up with the new Innovas and Fortuners,” said a senior police officer.

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“The vehicles that have covered their prescribed mileage are off-road because of damage, because of excessive expenditure on their repair, because they are not used in the interest of the state, these vehicles must be returned to the authorities and new vehicles must be provided to the Commissionerate Gautam Budh Nagar,” the letter reads.

Gautam Buddh Nagar is spread over an area of ​​1,442 square kilometers and includes the industrial twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida. The district also has a large rural area spanning Dadri and Jewar. Gautam Buddh Nagar has topped UP’s list of 75 districts for fastest response to 112 emergency calls for the past 15 months in a row.

Police receive an average of 400 to 500 calls to 112 every day. For the month ending September, the average emergency response time clocked in at 5.22 minutes in urban areas and 6.21 minutes in rural areas, according to official data.

(With inputs from PTI)

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