Mumbai: Horse-riding police personnel could be deployed on Mumbai’s streets for visitors and crowd management after a spot of 88 years, the Maharashtra authorities has introduced.
The mounted police unit which patrolled the streets of the bustling metropolis was disbanded in 1932 because of the rising vehicular visitors.
It will likely be the cynosure of all eyes on the Republic Day parade at Shivaji Park within the metropolis this Sunday.
“Mumbai police has fashionable jeeps and bikes.
Nonetheless, it was felt a mounted unit could be helpful for patrolling in crowded areas. For the primary time since Independence, Mumbai may have a mounted police unit,” Residence Minister Anil Deshmukh mentioned earlier this week.
Town police had put forth the proposal for a mounted unit in 2018.
Police personnel on horseback can be utilized throughout festivals, protest marches and in addition deployed on the metropolis’s seashores, he mentioned.
A police personnel on horseback can maintain a watch from a vantage level, and be as efficient as 30 personnel on the bottom, the minister mentioned.
Mounted models would even be arrange in Pune, Nagpur and different large cities in future, he added.
The mounted unit in Mumbai will comprise 30 horses, a sub-inspector, an assistant sub-inspector, 4 havaldars and 32 constables.
“Thirteen horses have been purchased and the rest will be bought in the next six months. Stables will be built on a 2.5 acre plot at Marol (in suburban Andheri),” Deshmukh mentioned.
A crew of 61 trainers from the Mumbai Racecourse, using golf equipment and the Military’s horse unit can be coaching the Mumbai police.
Officers of the mounted unit can even be skilled in show-jumping, tent-pegging and polo. Aside from walkie- talkies, riders could be supplied with body-mounted cameras for video recording.