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Cops want DTC passes

In an order to avail the public transport, Delhi police has suggested to Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) that they allow cops to travel in buess by issuing them an annual DTC pass.

A proposal in this regard was sent by B S Bassi, special commissioner of police (Administration) to the DTC. He said it will enhance the security in the public transport network of DTC.

The letter states that women in buses feel safe as eve teasers do not dare to embark upon any misdemeanour in police presence. Similarly, it is an effective counter-terrorist measure as public transport remains a soft target for terrorists.

Officer further proposed, that Delhi police personnel may be issued a concessional all-route annual pass at Rs 600 per annum, which could be valid on production of police identity card.

Police maintain that though they have a force numbering around 83,000 personnel, ‘many’ of them don’t use DTC buses to commute on a daily basis. ‘Besides, the continuation of the facility of free travel may not be cost negative to the DTC considering the intangible presence of policemen provides to the overall security of the buses and the passengers, as stated in the letter.

‘The revenue earned by the DTC by issuing such passes will be substantial as sixty to seventy thousand policemen may then decide to avail themselves of this facility,’ said a senior police officer.
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