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K'taka:Foreign Registration Office staff fear rain

Written by: Staff

Banngalore, May 25: Even though the Police Department is on a modernisation drive like providing new buildings and equipment to the force, but the condition of the Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) at the Police Commissioner's office is so pathetic that the staff and people visiting the office fear the rains.

When heavy rain begin the staff at the office will have a tough time. The situation in this dilapidated building was so bad that the chairs had to be kept on the tables, and the tables moved to the corners where the roof did not leak. The documents had to be shifted to a safer place to avoid being destroyed.

Officials at the FRO says that whenever it rained, it was not only the ceiling that leaked but the walls as well. It would take at least half a day to dry out the room and the foreign nationals, who came to the office for registration, had to wait till then.

The worst affected section in the office is the ACP's room. People entering it can see water pouring from the ceiling, almost like a waterfall. People walking in either have to fold up their pants or wait outside till everything is settled.

Invariably, the foreigners would be requested to come the next day or would be asked to wait for a few hours. The 80-odd staff at the FRO even fear electrocution as most of the switch boards are on the damp walls.

The problem had been brought to the notice of the senior police officials, but apparently, the FRO staff have been told to 'adjust' for a few months until new blocks are built in the Commissioner's office, said an officer in the section.

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