Amit Shah inaugurates new building of Delhi Police Headquarters in New Delhi
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Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah inaugurated the new building of Delhi Police Headquarters (PHQ), at Jay Singh Marg in New Delhi, today. He also paid floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel; visited the ‘Aadarsh’ Auditorium and photo gallery, viewed an audio-visual presentation on the new PHQ and visited the CP office in the new building.
During his address on the occasion, Shah congratulated all officers and jawans of Delhi Police for finally getting its new HQ building nearly after 70 years. He observed that Delhi Police has a rich history of accomplishments and sacrifices made by its officers and felt proud after inaugurating the new building. Remembering Sardar Patel on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, Shah said that there cannot be a more auspicious occasion than the birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India to inaugurate the PHQ building.
Talking about the importance of the police in the progress of the Nation, Shah said that a stable law and order situation is the most important aspect for economic growth and social development in the country. He observed that the police is perpetually projected in negative shade in popular media, but the round the clock sacrifices made by the officers and jawaans to secure the lives of citizens are seldom highlighted. Such a kind of negative protection demoralizes our police force. The public image of police needs to change, he said.
Shah informed that the government is working with a well planned, time bound and scientific strategy under the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to correct this situation. The Modi government has developed the National Police Memorial in New Delhi, which chronicles the sacrifices of over 34000 officers and jawans who have laid down their lives for the country. He made an emotional request to the public to visit the memorial and witness firsthand the challenges faced and sacrifices made by police forces for securing the Nation.
He cautioned the Delhi Police that new buildings do not guarantee a reformed police force. It can be achieved only by transforming the spirit of policing towards being public service oriented. Only then the public image would improve and the efforts that the force is making would achieve the intended positive results. Shah also reassured the public that Internal security is the top priority of Modi government and the security forces are working diligently towards accomplishing this commitment of the government.
Shah concluded his address by paying tributes to Kirti Chakra awardees from Delhi Police as well as all the jawans across the country who have laid their lives for the Nation.
The new PHQ building is unique in its implementation and plans undertaken on a public private partnership mode, at a total cost of rupees 286 crores. The new PHQ is spread over an area of about 8 acres and the building has 18 floors, which is designed to accommodate all the functionally required officers, control rooms, conference rooms, control and communication centre. Owing to its central location, the building, which is disabled-friendly, will be accessible to public coming from all corners of Delhi for their grievance redressal.