BHUBANESWAR: The commissionerate police moved the state government to establish a at on the city outskirts. Commissioner of police (CP) Satyajit Mohanty last month sent the proposal to the government through director general of police R P Sharma.

According to Mohanty’s proposal, sent on January 16, the proposed Bharatpur police station will be created by carving out some areas from the existing Khandagiri police station. Mohanty said the Khandagiri police station currently covers a huge area of nearly 100 square kilometres with a population of around 4 lakh. Sources said Khandagiri police station was set up in 1983 for around 20,000 people. Due to rapid urbanisation and rise in population, the area lacks proper policing, the proposal read. Registration of cases too increased in Khandagiri police station, affecting quality of investigation. Total 621 cases were registered in Khandagiri police station last year as against 584 in 2017.

Sources said the site of the proposed Bharatpur police station will be around 6 km from Khandagiri police station. The proposed police station is likely to cover an area of nearly 25 square kilometres having population of about 2 lakh. The proposed police station will include 17 villages under Bhubaneswar municipal area (ward no 22, 23, 24 and 49) and Paikarapur .

Explaining the necessity of proposing a police station in Bharatpur, CP said the area witnessed rapid growth and establishment of a number of educational institutions, hospitals, banks, commercial units and residential colonies in last few years. “We also need to improve policing in Baramunda bus stand that will come under the proposed Bharatpur police limits. Thousands of passengers throng Baramunda bus stand every day and often undergo exploitation by anti-socials in the area,” Mohanty said.

“We need to strengthen policing in Saradhapalli and Bharatpur slums under the proposed police station as a number of criminals take shelter in those areas after committing crimes elsewhere. More than 300 persons belonging to community reside in Bharatpur area by encroaching on government land. Many of them are involved in criminal activities and create social disorder in the locality by soliciting prostitution to earn money,” Mohanty said.

The commissionerate police proposed to appoint at least 59 personnel, including an inspector, four sub-inspectors, eight assistant sub-inspectors, sixteen constables and twenty-five homeguards at Bharatpur police station. The annual financial implication of the staffers would come around Rs 1.03 crore, the proposal said. Currently, the capital city has total 21 police stations. While the 2011 census put the city’s population at 8.43 lakh, police assume that the population might have touched nearly 11 lakh now.


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