Delhi safest city in India: Dikshit

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 30, 2010 18:11 hrs

New Delhi: Describing Delhi as one of the "safest" cities in India, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on said the law and order situation has improved in the national capital quite significantly in the last one year.

Quoting findings of a study, Dikshit said "Delhi has been described as the safest city amongst 37 cities in the country in the latest survey conducted by the CII and another independent agency."

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She was replying to a short duration discussion in the assembly about the law and order situation in the capital.

The crime rate in the city is lowest compared to other international cities, she said.

Refuting BJP's charge that Delhi has become the "crime capital" of the country, Dikshit said there was a "general perception" an year ago that crime rate was on rise here but the survey has clarified it substantially.

"There has been a decrease in number of crime cases except cases relating to motor vehicle theft," she said adding that the increase in number of population and "porous border with neighbouring states" were some of the reasons behind crimes in the city.

Talking about steps taken to improve security system ahead of the Commonwealth Games, she said police has been installing CCTV cameras and has been taking a number of measures to prevent incidents of crime in public places.

About incidents of rape, Dikshit said it has been found that in 97 per cent such cases persons within household, neighbourhood and other known persons are involved in such incidents.

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"There are only 2.7 per cent cases in which strangers have been found involved. It is also on record that no case of rape has been reported from 32 police stations in the city," she said.

"It makes clear that rape cases are taking place in certain selected areas," she added.

She said Delhi Police has created 11 new police districts, nine new police sub-divisions and 40 new police stations in the city in the last couple of years.

On the traffic situation in the city, Dikshit admitted that were problems which needs to be addressed.

"Delhi Police has appointed a Special Police Commissioner for traffic. Non-functional traffic lights are being replaced with new ones. Traffic on BRT route is now very smooth," she said.

The city government has commissioned a number of foot-over-bridges and flyovers whereas zebra crossings for pedestrians are being improved. There has been a sea-change in traffic during last 15 days, she said.

While referring to concerns expressed by BJP leader Harshvardhan about women safety, Dikshit said Delhi Police has commissioned a 24x7 helpline for women, another 24x7 all women mobile team to ensure protection of the fairer sex.

"They also deploy PCR vans near women colleges. Prompt action is being taken for safety of girls from the North East besides setting up a special cell to look into problems of students from the region," she added.

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