New Delhi: The Delhi Police will add 15 'Parakram' vans manned by NSG-trained drivers and commandos to its existing fleet of 10 such vans, as the force ramps up security in the run up to Independence Day.
The Parakram vans, mandated for anti-terror and other operations warranting armed response, were launched by the city police in May.
The vans are GPRS-enabled and fitted with pan-Delhi wireless communication. Each van is manned by a National Security Guard-trained driver, in-charge and three commandos.
The additional vans will cover all major vulnerable and high footfall points of the city, Dependra Pathak, special commissioner of police (Operations) and chief spokesperson of the Delhi Police, said.
The Parakram vans are at present stationed at Vijay Chowk, Palika Bazar, IP Marg, Select Citywalk Mall in Saket, Vasant Kunj Mall, Pacific Mall in Subhash Nagar, Netaji Subhash Place market and mall complex, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple and Jhandewalan.
The additional vans are likely to cover certain parts of trans-Yamuna, west, north and north west Delhi, New Delhi and South Delhi, Pathak said.
The police are also toying with the idea of making these vans more tech-savvy and those handling such vehicles better- equipped, said another officer on condition of anonymity.
We are mulling on providing body-worn cameras to commandos stationed in these vans. Apart from this, the training of personnel has been made more institutionalised, he said.
"Every three months, the commandos will undergo training for physical agility. They will also be briefed about the city's vulnerability to terror attacks, emerging terror threats, new modus operandi adopted by terrorists etc," the officer said.