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Cop plans gather dust

Patna police launch ambitious plans dime a dozen with a bang but they seem to fizzle out with time.

Several plans aimed to take care of law and order, tackle crime and control traffic announced by the Patna police seem to be moving at a snail’s pace now, while some have even been rendered defunct.

The police stress that the plans are very much in force but sources told The Telegraph that the “overburdening” of plans by the police higher-ups has turned things the wrong way with police stations unable to cope up with the same. In December 2010, the police opened a “May I help you” kiosk at Patna Junction for passengers arriving in the city. The kiosk now lies unmanned though it patrolling cops use it as a resting place at times. “Following a few incidents of rape by autorickshaw drivers, a police kiosk was opened for passengers needing autorickshaws. The last entry was made in September last year. We are present in the kiosk most of the time but passengers don’t come to us,” a police officer said.

Another plan launched in 2010 involved unique numbering of autorickshaws but that is still far from completion.

“Directives keep coming almost every week. But that does not mean the police are not serious,” the officer said.

Even recent police drives seem to be moving sluggishly. Almost three months have passed since the launch of the traffic police website, announcement of installation of four CCTV cameras in different parts of Patna and traffic updates on the website, but all that is missing. A helpline number launched the same day does not give correct information, commuters have alleged.

Patna senior superintendent of police Alok Kumar remained unavailable for comment.