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The Karnataka government has added a total of 911 TVS Apache RTR 160 motorcycles to its patrolling fleet. The TVS Apache RTR 160s used are the older generation models, which cost the exchequer a total of Rs 7.11 crore.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 replaces the Bajaj Pulsar motorcycles, which have been used in service by the city police department for 16 years. The state government presented the motorcycles to the police department, earlier this week.
The government hopes that the 911 motorcycles will help the police and traffic authorities to reduce the road situations and crime rates in the city. Bangalore is known for its traffic and road conditions, hence the motorcycles would help the police department improve its response time.
The distribution of the motorcycles will depend on the jurisdiction of the police stations. Larger jurisdictions will get six motorcycles, the medium ones will get five while the smaller jurisdictions will be allocated with four motorcycles. The 911 motorcycles will be distributed among 108 police stations, 44 traffic police stations, two women police stations and the City Armed Reserve and Intelligence Division.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 themselves are the older generation models. The motorcycle is powered by a 159cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine churning out 15bhp and 13Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed gearbox.
The Apaches will come in a white paint scheme with regular badges and decals. However, they will be modified with police sirens, microphones and walkie-talkies.
Thoughts On The Bengaluru Police Bike Fleet
In a city famous for its traffic and road conditions, the addition of the motorcycles to the patrolling fleet will help reduce the overall response time. IT will also help police officers reach the crime scene quicker while also help to improve patrolling duties.