Bolstered by Central funds, the Maoist-ravaged Koraput district is soon going to be blessed at least with seven model police stations as part of anti-Maoist measures, perceived to be the first of its kind in the State.
These police stations, likely to come up in the next few months in the first phase, would go a long way in helping the current operations to contain the Red menace in the in the region. The other Maoist-hit aereas of the district will be covered by more such police stations in the second phase.
Official sources said the new police stations would be three-storied buildings and would be constructed at a cost of Rs two crore at Semiliguda, Laxmipur, Kakirgumma, Sunabeda, Boipariguda, Kotpad and Pawda.
The sources said, site selection for these police stations is complete and construction of the buildings would begin soon. The police stations would be operational within a few months, they hinted.
Detailing out plans for space use, they said the ground floor of the building would be used as a general police station with a state-of-the-art conference hall and a women and children's desk while the first floor would have boarding and refreshment facilities for officers engaged in counter-insurgency operations. The second floor would designed to accommodate at least two platoons of security personnel, the sources said. Due to high pressure and space crunch, the Koraput police very often face acute problems in accommodating forces, depending, on unhygienic Government buildings under compulsion of circumstances.
Besides, with the forces stationed at places away from police stations, they also face severe communication problems in passing urgent messages. But now when the new police stations come up, they will all be under one roof, which will solve a lot of problems.