Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, on Thursday (June 11), inaugurated the deployment of 50 segways at Mumbai’s Marine Drive. The deployment is seen as an augmentation of Mumbai Police’s safety and security preparedness.
Deshmukh said, “While the deployment will begin with ten segways at Worli and five at Nariman Point, we eventually plan to deploy these latest self-balancing electric scooters at Bandra, Juhu and Versova too.”
Deshmukh said that the Home Ministry is keen on modernisation of Maharashtra’s police force and wants them to be equipped with technology at par with global policing standards.
The police personnel, who man these segways, will have public address system attached to their masks to communicate with people. “Apart from the safety and security in these times of the Corona pandemic, they will also monitor social distancing. Drones will provide additional complimentary cover to the police possé on segways,” said Deshmukh.
Deshmukh also expressed his condolences on the death of 35 police personnel, who were frontline warriors in the war against Corona. “No compensation can make up for the loss of lives. We want to only offer the families of these martyrs a small token of the state’s appreciation on behalf of the citizenry through the ex-gratia. We are also giving help to the police personnel, who test positive and are creating specialised facilities for their COVID-19 care,” he said.
In response to a question from media persons on the discovery of a dead body at Jalgaon Civic Hospital toilet, Deshmukh said, “We’ve taken a serious note of this incident. Some people have already been booked for this criminal offence. Stern action is being taken against the people responsible for this inhuman act and the local police are pursuing an inquiry in the matter to get to the root of it and nab all those responsible.”