Bhosari MIDC area gets its police stationNews — By The Desk on May 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM
Indian Express: The Pimpri-Chinchwad-Bhosari industrial belt— where the crime graph had led to demands of a separate police station, will get one on Maharashtra Day on Tuesday. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar will inaugurate the new MIDC police station located off Spine Road in Indrayani Nagar area.
The police station is housed in a private commercial building as the state government has not been able to find a suitable space. “We have taken the premises on rent until we find a new place. Efforts to find a suitable location are on,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Dnyaneshwar Chavan. The new police station will have an inspector, six sub-inspectors and 70 constables. Inspector Dattatrey Patil has been on the job for two weeks now, said Chavan.
The MIDC police station has been carved out of the Bhosari police station. It will now cover the industrial belt, which has 6,000 small, medium and big industrial units, including Moshi, Indrayani Nagar, Shahunagar and Landewadi areas. All these areas were earlier under the Bhosari police station, which is now left with Kasarwadi, Nashik Phata, Shankarwadi, Kundannagar, Phugewadi and Dapodi.
Industrialists had for long been demanding a separate police station for MIDC areas where the number of thefts of raw material and equipment as well as extortion has been increasing. Welcoming the move, P I Varghese, managing director of Suvarna Fibrotech, said, “It is a huge relief for industrialists and employees in Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial area. Industrialists have often complained about extortion. We hope police presence will now put an end to this,” he said.
From the point of view of lakhs of workers, this is a good development, he said. “Thousands come to their workplace on bicycles. They become easy targets, especially if they are working in the second shift on salary days. They have to ask other workers or the company to keep their salaries safe till they can collect it again the next morning,” said Varghese.
Another industrialist Shabbir Diler said, “Theft of raw material is common in the industrial area. Small industries have been hit hard and lost material worth crores over the years. I hope the police would take action quickly,” said Diler.
MCCIA director-general Anant Sardeshmukh said, “Along with Chakan, Talegaon and Ranjangaon areas, industrialists in Pimpri-Chinchwad MIDC areas have been facing threats regularly.”
Residents in Kasarwadi said the Bhosari police station would now be able to focus on the residents of the suburb, where vehicle thefts and break-ins have been increasing. “Only two days ago, my car was stolen right from a busy road. The brazenness with which the thieves struck shows that they are not afraid of the police. Basically, the Bhosari police had a huge area to cover and were not able to concentrate on the residential areas of Kasarwadi,” said Navnath Kokate. He had lodged a complaint about his stolen vehicle, but the police are yet to trace it.
Sanjay Shah, chairman of Goyal Residency in Kasarwadi, said thieves have come quite bold in Kasarwadi area. “They stole five vehicles from a residential society. None of the thieves has been caught so far. We hope the Bhosari police would now concentrate on Kasarwadi,” he said.