Seven model police stations in Koraput

Koraput: As part of anti-Maoist measures, Maoist-hit Koraput district in the state is set to get at least seven model police stations, the first of its kind in the state, very soon. The new police stations, likely to come up in the next couple of months, would help the ongoing anti-Maoist operations in the region, officials said.

Funded by the Centre, the three-storey buildings would be constructured at a cost of Rs two crore at Semiliguda, Laxmipur, Kakirgumma, Sunabeda, Boipariguda, Kotpad and Pawda. "Site selection for the new police stations is complete and the work will begin soon. We hope that the police stations will be operational within a few months", Koraput superintendent of police Anup Kumar Sahoo said.

The ground floor of the building will be used as a general police station with 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 accommodate at least two platoons of security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist drive, officials said.

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