High-tech police stations for 7 Maoist-hit areas

KORAPUT: The Maoist-hit Koraput district will get at least seven model police stations, the first lot of its kind in the state, within the next few months. Officials are hopeful that the new police stations will aid the ongoing anti-Naxalite operations in the area.

The three-storey buildings, funded by the Centre, will be constructed for an Rs 2 crore at Semiliguda, Laxmipur, Kakrigumma, Sunabeda, Boipariguda, Kotpad and Padwa in the district. “Site selection for the new police stations is complete and the work will soon begin. We hope that the police stations will be operational within few months,” said Koraput SP Anup Kumar Sahoo.

According to officials, the ground floor of the building will be used as a general police station and it will also have a state-of-the art conference hall and a women and children’s desk. The first floor will have boarding and refreshment facilities for officers engaged in counter insurgency operations, while the second floor will be a barrack to accommodate at least two platoons of security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operations.

“We regularly face difficulties in accommodating our forces as we have to depend on unhygienic government buildings. Also, with the forces living away from police stations, there is a problem with conveying urgent messages to them. These new police stations will house both officers and securitymen in a single building, solving the communication issues” the Sahoo said. “More police stations of Maoist-hit areas of the district will be covered under the programme in the second phase,” the SP said.

Meanwhile, the government believes that new buildings equipped with iodern gadgets will curb Maoist attacks on police stations. In past couple of years, the rebels have blown up police stations at Machkund, Boipariguda, Kakrigumma in the district and several other buildings are in Maoist radar due to inadequate security arrangements. Sources said though the government has started fortifying the existing police stations and has erected watchtowers at some in the Maoist-hit areas.

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