Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Udupi gets first coastal security police station
Udupi Sept 9, 2008: Home minister of Karnataka Dr V S Acharya today said that the Karnataka government would spend Rs 92 crore for the modernisation of the state police force.
He was speaking after inaugurating a Coastal Security Police (CSP) station at Malpe Fisheries Port here today. Dr Acharya said Rs 45 crore has been earmarked for housing to police personnel and Rs 25 crore for traffic improvement in the current budget. He said steps have been taken to equip the department with modern weapons to combat terrorism, naxal activities and other threats.
To check infiltration, smuggling of arms and drugs through sea and border areas, five CSPs would be set up in three coastal districts - Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttar Kannada - covering 320 km of coastal line with powers to arrest and prosecution, he said.
ADGP A R Infant said arrival of ten 12-tonne boats and five five-tonne boats was expected to boost surveillance activities in the coastal districts.
The state government has sanctioned Rs 2.8 crore for the purchase of equipment for the CSP stations, he said, adding that the Centre has sanctioned Rs 88.44 lakh for procuring vehicles and other equipments.
IGP (Western Range) A.M. Prasad welcomed the gathering while MLA Raghupati Bhat presided over the function. Others who were present on the occasion include Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) A.R. Infant, MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary, SP of Udupi Pravin Pawar and SP of Dakshina Kannada Sathish Kumar.
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