Turns out the state government does not have homes for the sole people who are actually responsible for the safety and the security of people residing in the city of Mumbai, the police jawans. As unbelievable it may sound, but this is what the numbers speak. The total number of people residing in the state is 12 million. In addition, the total number of police personnel is 1 lakh 99 thousand 939. According to these figures, there are 168 policemen behind the every1 lakh people in the state. Yet, in spite of having such a small number of policemen in the city, the state government has not yet been able to arrange for their accommodation.
More so, in order to build a house for the policemen, a community by the name of Maharashtra Police Housing and Welfare Board was established in 1974. But even after this, only 30 thousand houses have been allotted for the policemen. In 2016, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced for the construction of a smart township in Ghatkopar. It was asserted that in this township, 8 thousand houses will be built for the police personnel. But the work has not started yet for it.
According to information from an RTI activist, there are 4835 police officers in Mumbai. So the number of houses available for these officers is 2199. At the same time, the number of police personnel is 39591. So the house available for this is 19442.