Police will use lights to prevent crime against women in the city as part of a central project on the safety and security of women, an officer in Lalbazar said. .
All police stations and traffic guards have been asked to identify stretches in their areas that need more illumination, the officer said. .
The Centre’s Nirbhaya Fund project allocates funds to empower women across the country and keep them safe. .
In Calcutta, the project comprises the installation of CCTV cameras near girls schools and women’s colleges; the setting up of mobile toilets for women in markets, a specialised response system to calls made by women in distress, an in-camera test identification parade so that women don’t face the accused; and illuminating places that have little or no lights. .
“Take the example of Patuli crossing – how it has changed over the years after the area was lit up with trident lamps,” an officer in Lalbazar said. “Criminals will think twice before committing a crime in an illuminated place because the light would expose them.” Police stations and the traffic guards in the city have been asked to submit a list of roads, lanes and stretches where cops feel the lighting is inadequate. .
The data will be compiled by the end of this week, following which the police will coordinate with civic agencies to get them properly illuminated. .
“Illuminated roads make us feel secure. If you can see the face and movement of a person clearly, it becomes easier to pre-empt any unexpected move,” a college student who lives as a paying guest off Sarat Bose Road said. .
Metro spoke to several police officers and women commuters to identify some stretches that they feel need “a little more light”. These are: the stretch in front of Indian Museum that is usually deserted in the evening, pockets of Zakaria Street where the lighting dims once shops close, places around the railway car shed along Canal East Road, the pocket under Brabourne Road flyover near Burrabazar, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road near the office of the state board of secondary education, the crossing of Strand Road and Raja Woodmount Road and large pockets of China Town. .
“It will be better if Anandapur Road that leads to residential buildings along the Bypass is better lit,” a resident of Panchasayar on the city’s southern outskirts said. .
A woman who lives in south Calcutta said she felt more lights should be installed on Park Lane off Park Street. .
Students killed Two Class XII students were killed and another was injured when the scooter they were on collided with a truck in Birbhum’s Paikar on Monday. .
They were on their way to a coaching class when the accident occurred. None was wearing a helmet, police said. .
Jubaid Khan and Danish Sheikh were declared dead at hospital..
Source: Telegraph India