DMR tyre 3 project in crisis; another setback for Kerala Police
Thrissur: Following the CAG report, the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) tyre 3 project to modernise the communication system of Kerala police triggered another controversy. It is reported that even after paying Rs 8 crore to a private company, not a single tower was installed. The fund was transferred to the company as per the order of DGP.
Digital Mobile Radio System, the first of its kind in India, was scheduled to be launched in Thrissur. Kolkata-based private company was assigned to carry out the project. The police department handed over Rs 8 crore to the company to carry out the project which was estimated at Rs 14 cr as total expenditure. But even after an year from sanctioning the fund, the company has not constructed any towers.
On Thursday, the trial run of DMR tyre 3 system was carried out on BSNL towers. The company neither installed towers nor optical fibre cable even after the deadline of the contract. In view of this, DGP directed to carry out the trial run of the system on BSNL tower.
What is DMR tyre 3 system?
It is a communication system which functions through digital signals. It will have the advantage of high quality coverage. In Thrissur district, DMR system has eight base stations. Poomala, Peechi, Malakkapara, Vettilappara, Mala, Kunnamkulam and Thiruvilamala are the base stations. Command control centre of the system will be at Thrissur Commissioner office.
Drawbacks in the project
At first the company recommended 8 places to install the tower. But later they reduced it as five. They are responsible to carry out the construction and radio frequency survey. As per the contract, police must release the land with 5 km radius demanded by the company for the work.
Kerala police planned to commission the project on September 22, 2019. A representative of the company informed that the tower construction was delayed due to some technical problems including rejection of No Objection Certificate over the acquired lands.