Karnataka to modernise Police by spending Rs 92 Cr

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Malpe, Karnataka, Sept 9 (UNI) The Karnataka Government has decided to modernise the State Police at a cost of Rs 92 crore, Home Minister V S Acharya said today.

Speaking after inaugurating Coastal Security Police (CSP) station in Malpe Fisheries Port here, he said that Rs 45 crore has earmarked for housing to police personnel and Rs 25 crore for traffic improvement in the current budget.

He said that steps have been taken to equip the department with modern weapons to combat terrorism, naxal activities and other threats.

The Minister said that to check infiltration from border areas and controlling smuggling of arms, drugs through sea and border areas into the state, five CSPs would be set up in three coastal districts of Daxina Kannada, Udupi and Uttar Kannada covering 320 km of coastal line with powers to arrest and prosecution. Two rounds of high level meetings were held and discussed about providing necessary staff, weapons, boats and other facilities to have constant surveillance on the coast.

ADGP A R Infant said that the department had taken into possession three stations out of the five stations. These stations would have the surveillance activities on the coast to check anti-social activities, terrorist activities, underworld activities and illegal transportation of weapons and narcotics along the coast.

He said that ten 12 tonne boats and five 5 tonne boats required for five CSP stations for surveillance activities was being now built at Goa. Of these three to four boats are expected to be received in another two months period while the remaining would be received in another two years time.

Mr Infant said that the state government has sanctioned Rs 2.8 crore for surveillance activities and for purchase of equipment for these five CSP station while the central government had sanctioned Rs. 88.44 lakh for procuring vehicles and other fixtures and fittings.

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