Hyderabad: Offenders are taking advantage of the absence of police ‘interceptor’ vehicles in isolated areas on the service roads of the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road (ORR).
Several residential colonies, apartments and gated communities have come up adjacent to the ORR and people commute on the service roads as two-wheelers are barred on the speedway. After 9.30 pm, the traffic reduces on these roads and it becomes risky for women to commute. Residents have been asking more police patrolling.
The government provided around 4,000 patrol vehicles and interceptors, investing Rs 400 crore. Every police station in the tri-commissionerates were given two vehicles exclusively for patrolling, apart from a vehicle for the station house officer and one for the detective inspector. But senior police officers said that these vehicles are not sufficient to cover the jurisdiction of the police station. The 158 km-long ORR was built around the state capital, connecting all the national and state highways. It has 12 entry and exit points and 20 interchange junctions.
City police commissioner, Anjani Kumar, said that the Hyderabad police had 122 patrol vehicles. If anyone dialled 100, the police team would reach the person within six to eight minutes....