While the Dankaur police station has an inspector, 17 sub-inspectors and 31 constables, only 10% of the staff is available at the moment for deployment. Others have been roped in for election duty.
Cops have said that they will not be able to deploy force for patrolling on the Yamuna Expressway, part of which falls in at least four different police stations — Dankaur, Rabupura, Greater Noida and Jewar.
Dankaur SHO Samresh Singh told TOI that most of the staff from the police station has left the district for election duty in Mathura.
“Most have left for election duty in the neighbouring district and we are left with only 10 per cent of the staff here. Since we will not be able to ensure patrolling in Yamuna Expressway, Jaypee, concessionaire in charge of handling operations, has been asked to enhance patrolling by the private security guards they have deployed,” Singh said.
He added that in the absence of cops, Jaypee’s guards, who are already involved in patrolling, could increase the rounds and help check theft of lights, grills and other assets on the expressway.
“They have a police post from where they are already looking into patrolling. They have around 1,500 private security guards who now need to enhance patrolling,” Singh said.
An audit team from IIT Delhi, which conducted a kilometre-by-kilometer-wise audit of Yamuna Expressway, had given recommendations following which the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) decided to enhance patrolling, a Jaypee spokesperson told TOI.
Jaypee Infratech spokesperson Ajit Kumar told TOI that the concessionaire is following a number of suggestions given by the audit team.
“A number of speed-monitoring cameras have been deployed by us and we will be sending a report to the police about the challans. The IIT audit team had suggested that patrolling be enhanced and we will follow that,” he said.