In an effort to modernise the police force of Punjab, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will launch the second phase of the plan from Ludhiana on August 26, 2016, sanctioning funds worth Rs 10 crore.
As per the plan, 150 Maruti Ertiga will be purchased to increase the operational capabilities of combating crime in urban areas of the state.
With total funds of Rs 10 crore, the police force will be given the MPV from Maruti, this is to instill confidence among the public and to reduce the response time.
Deputy CM will launch these vehicles from which Police Commissionerate, Ludhiana would get 50 Maruti Ertiga MPVs, Police Commissionerates of Amritsar and Jalandhar would get 30 each, SSP SAS Nagar would get 28 and SSP Bathinda would get 12 vehicles for patrolling.
In the first phase, the Punjab government sanctioned Rs 15 crore for the purchase of Mahindra Bolero vehicles and 400 Honda Unicorn motorcycles for patrolling in rural areas. The plan is under the scheme of Rapid Rural Response Scheme (RRPRS). Under this scheme, the police assistance will be available to rural areas in less than 20 minutes.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is an MPV which has been a good performer of the company and comes at an affordable pricing. Under the segment Maruti Ertiga is second best after Toyota Innova Crysta.