20 more Segway electric scooters were inaugurated for Mumbai Police personnel on Saturday by state home minister, Anil Deshmukh. Ten each of these two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters are getting to be deployed at Worli and Carter Road in Bandra.
14 Segway electric scooters are already deployed within the town, 10 in South Mumbai and 4 are becoming used for patrolling in Worli since November last year.
Aaditya Thackeray, the Environment minister, actor Akshay Kumar and senior cops including Mumbai commissioner Param Bir Singh and joint commissioner of police (law and order) Vishwas Nangre Patil were the attendees of the program.
Businessman Parth Jindal of JSW Cement, sponsored the Segway electric scooters and was also present at the event.
While speaking at the event, Deshmukh said, “We had started self-balancing scooters for patrolling in February 2020 at Nariman Point, before the lockdown. Now we are deploying the scooters in Worli and Bandra. Within the longer term, we plan to start patrolling by such electric scooters at every promenade within the town, for effective policing.”
Thackeray said, “The government has been helping the police with modern technology and also for housing. But if the private players are coming forward and helping force with such things, it’s good for all folks. The Mumbai Police have done great work day and night for citizens and society” addressing the guests.
Mumbai commissioner Param Bir Singh said that the electric scooters are being provided to the police for improved policing, visibility, and mobility.
Jindal promised to provide more such vehicles for patrolling at other places in Mumbai. “It gives me great pride to donate these scooters to the Mumbai Police. We have seen the police everywhere the earth using these devices to patrol better,” he said.
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