Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal for creating a separate police commissionerate for Mira Road-Bhayandar-Vasai-Virar area, which was in demand since the last few years. The Mira-Bhayander region currently comes under the jurisdiction of Thane (rural) district police and Vasai-Virar falls under Palghar district police.
“There was need for this step as the population of this belt has increased considerably and a Superintendent of Police set up was not effective enough. As per the 2011 census the area recorded a population of 20.43 lakh, which in 2019 is estimated to go to 44.67 lakh,” said the official.
There will be 20 police stations under the new commissionerate apart from the existing 13, seven more police stations will be added, according to an official from the Home department. A total of 4,708 posts were approved for the commissionerate of which 1,006 will come from Thane rural and the 1,135 will come from Palghar. The remaining will new posts.
For this, the state will incur a Rs 130.99 crore recurring cost and Rs 43.79 crore as a one-time cost. The commissionerate will be headed by an Additional Director General (ADG) rank officer, and there will be 13 ACP-rank officers, three DCP-rank officers, one DIG-rank officer. Officials said that in 2018 a proposal to set a police commissionerate was tabled for just the Mira-Bhayander area but the proposal was met with opposition from the Finance department due to increase in the salary bills, the proposal has now being modified to cover a larger area.