Mumbai Police To Patrol City On Segway Fleet

by Sanjana Shenoy
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Mumbai Police on June 11 expanded its segway fleet to patrol promenades and sea face in the city. The use of segway comes as an effort to ensure safety and security at tourist spots. This news comes just days after hoards of Mumbaikars floated social distancing norms at Marine Drive as soon as the lockdown eased. Mumbai police received a fleet of 50 to patrol parts of the city. This initiative is taken to ensure the safety and security preparedness of officials amid the pandemic. Anil Deshmukh, the Maharashtra Home Minister integrated its deployment at Marine Drive on June 11.

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15 Segway Inaugurated For Mumbai Police At Marine Drive

While inaugurating the fleet of 15 segway for Mumbai Police at Marine Drive, Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh addressed media agencies. He revealed that they initially deployed 10 at Worli and five at Nariman Point. And they eventually plan to deploy these self-balancing electric scooters to other parts of the city like Bandra, Juhu and Versova.

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Deshmukh informed the state government wants modernisation of the Maharashtra police force. He further adds that they want them to be equipped with technology at par with global policing standards. The policemen patrolling on these will have a public address system attached to their masks to talk to people. Apart from this, drones continue to provide extra cover to the police as Maharashtra remains crippled by the deadly virus.

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Drones Used By Mumbai Police To Ensure Social Distancing Rules

Mumbai Police continues to use drones to urge people in congested areas to stay indoors and maintain social distancing. The drone have a capacity of carrying a weight of 30 kg. Drones are mounted with a heavy loudspeaker and a camera to address citizens ensure social distancing measures are followed.

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Deshmukh states that the purpose of this is to help Mumbai police ensure safety and security amid the pandemic. And it’s also to help them monitor adherence to social distancing norms. Apart from this, drones act as an additional complementary to the police personnel on segway. Mumbai police use the segway fleet to maintain social distancing and cops from across the country use other innovative measures for the same.

Segway First Introduced In Mumbai In 2017

Segway was first introduced to the police’s fleet of vehicles on an experimental basis in 2017. Subsequently the number increased to nine, with a fleet of five deployed at Marine Drive and four at Worli. Currently, there are 15 deployed to Mumbai police, who will patrol on them in parts of the city to ensure social distancing and security amid the pandemic. Until this lockdown gets lifted completely, cherish these sounds of Mumbai. 

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