Twin City Police Commissioner Moots For New Urban Police District For Smart City Bhubaneswar

13 April 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

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Bhubaneswar: As India's No.1 smart city Bhubaneswar turned 71 years old today, Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty has raised the need for a new urban police district.

"Bhubaneswar has expanded a lot therefore it needs one more urban police district for proper supervision of crime, law and order situation and security. A proposal in this regard has also been prepared by adding some more points to a proposal sent earlier," said Mohanty.

Besides, there is a need to open one or two more police stations in the city, said the Commissioner adding while a police station under an urban police district can cater a population of one lakh, the population under Khandagiri Police Station is over 2 lakh.

Population has also increased in the outskirts of Bhubaneswar on the Cuttack side. A new police station can be established by carving out some areas under jurisdiction of Mancheswar, Saheed Nagar and Laxmi Sagar police stations, said Mohanty.

He further said that cyber crime is going to be a major challenge in comings days therefore the department will focus on training of officers and upgradation of cyber police stations.

Besides, police plans to integrate with Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) for proper management of traffic and other crime control measures. While the Police Control room has 120 cameras, it plans to import feed from around 500 high-definition cameras used by BSCL. There is a need to move towards a digitized world, said Mohanty.

The Commissioner further said police is currently focusing on restoring the feeling of security among denizens by taking measures to prevent crimes such as snatching. Criminals released from jail, anti-socials and history sheeters are being tracked and day and night blocking at various places in the city are some of the crime control measures adopted by police.

However, for long term planning there is need of more manpower, said Mohanty. Now there are 35 PCR vans which are receiving 4000 calls and attending 200 out of them. There is a need to increase the number of vans for quick response and better service, he added.

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Satyajit Mohanty, Twin City Police Commissioner