Chandigarh, the dream city of India’s first Prime Minister, Sh. Jawahar Lal Nehru, was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. Chandigarh is spread across 114 sqare kilo metres. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in the twentieth century in India.
Chandigarh derives its name from the temple of “Chandi Mandir” located in the vicinity of the site selected for the city. The deity ‘Chandi’, the goddess of power and a fort of ‘garh’ laying beyond the temple gave the city its name “Chandigarh-The City Beautiful”.
The city has a pre-historic past. The gently sloping plains on which modern Chandigarh exists, was in the ancient past, a wide lake ringed by a marsh. The fossil remains found at the site indicate a large variety of aquatic and amphibian life, which was supported by that environment. About 8000 years ago the area was also known to be a home to the Harappans.
The foundation stone of the city was laid in 1952. Subsequently, at the time of reorganization of the state on 01.11.1966 into Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pardesh, the city assumed the unique distinction of being the capital city of both, Punjab and Haryana while it itself was declared as a Union Territory and under the direct control of the Central Government. Sh. Tajender Singh Luthra, IPS is the Inspector General of Police IGP for the city of Chandigarh
On 1st November, 1966, the newly formed Indian State of Haryana was carved out of the Eastern portion of Punjab. The city of Chandigarh was selected to be the joint capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana and declared as a Union Territory. Chandigarh is one of the best planned cities on India.
It is a unique place in the world in terms of architecture and town planning. The city is located in picturesque setting at the foot of Shivalik hills.
The Chandigarh Police is presently headed by an Inspector General of Police who is ably assisted by a Deputy Inspector General of Police. The Senior Superintendent of Police looks after crime and law & Order aspects of policing whereas Traffic & Security is looked after by the Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic & Security). The training, operations and crime against women and children are looked after by Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations & Training). The Indian Reserve Battalion of Chandigarh Police is looked after by the Commandant, IRB.
Chandigarh Police has been playing a key role in keeping the city beautiful as a model City as envisioned by the first Prime Minister of the country Pt. Jawhar Lal Nehru. Though the city planner Le-Corbusier planned the City only for half a million people but today its population has crossed one million mark. In order to keep pace with the growing need of the city. Chandigarh Police has taken many steps towards strengthening its infrastructure and management of traffic. The present strength of Chandigarh Police is over 6000 men and women.