Bhubaneswar, Nov 16:
DGP Prakash Mishra on Saturday said a separate tourist police unit will be formed for Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri, the major places of tourist interest in the State, soon as per the desire of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
In the first phase, tourist policemen will be deployed at the Lingaraj and Nandankanan police stations, Mishra said while inaugurating the new building of Nandankanan police station here.
An exclusive room will be used for the purpose at the selected police stations. “Based on the performance in these two police stations, we will introduce the system at other police station having tourist potential,” said Mishra.
“They (tourist police) will be given proper training on behaviour and manners. Besides, they will have their own, distinct uniforms,” said the DGP, adding that tourists can also get information relating to train and flight schedules at the police station.
“The tourist police at the newly inaugurated Nandankanan PS will help visitors a lot,” said the DGP.
The two-storey building, built by the Police Housing Corporation at a cost of nearly Rs 1.4 crore, was inaugurated today 10 full months after completion of its construction. Construction work started in January 2011 and completed in December 2012.
The new building has a waiting hall, a counselling centre and an interview room on the ground floor. While existing police stations are having only one or two hazats, the Nandankanan police station has 10 custody rooms, said Twin city commissioner Dr RP Sharma. The new building, situated nearly 500 metres from the old building, is expected to curb crimes.
The Nandankanan police station covers an area of 12 sq km spread over four gram panchayats with a population of 50,000.