A pilot project to install gates at strategic entry points to sectors to fortify residential areas of the city was discussed at the executive meeting of the Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) on Sunday.

At the meeting, which was attended by UT Police Chief Superintendent Kuldeep Singh Chahal, it was decided that the police department will work with Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) to execute the project. , and area security committees will be formed for the same.

Claiming that crime cases in residential areas were on the rise, FOSWAC members told the SSP that they wanted to install gates in residential areas in their areas on lines to other major cities across the country, but refused permission from the architecture department due to the city’s master plan.

Chahal said that while large gates cannot be installed, they could start by installing small gates at strategic points to monitor vehicle movement while keeping police informed.

Residents report potential issues

However, there were also dissenting voices who said such gates had already been installed in Sector 38 West, but some streets are arbitrarily closing gates at their own convenience, citing a security threat. Meanwhile, drawing attention to the practical hurdles to the project, FOSWAC General Secretary JS Gogia said that while residents wanted to get security guards and fences, they were unwilling to contribute financially. for it.

FOSWAC Chairman Bittu said Sector 21 RWA wanted to install the gates but was hitting a wall while availing the clearance. “There has been a sharp increase in crime in Sector 21, and residents are willing to help install CCTV cameras and gates in the area,” he said.

The presence of beggars at roundabouts has decreased: SSP

On allegations that organized gangs are bringing beggars into the city, Chahal said, “While the social welfare department is mainly dealing with the issue, we are also looking into it. The presence of beggars around roundabouts and traffic lights has decreased.

According to the Department of Social Welfare’s Child Protection Society, around 300 beggars were rescued between 2018 and 2021.

In August, cops said special moves were underway in Sectors 35, 34 and 36 where many migrant families were living on the streets. Families had been removed from streets and traffic lights in coordination with the civic body. Fortnightly dives are carried out to control street begging.

Some residents asked the SSP to strengthen the control system because the cops did not regularly monitor the elderly. “Beat staff may not be available 24/7 at the drum machines, but the cops are regularly monitoring their activities. I will ask them to be more active,” he said.