Booths to help cops in M'lore

10 mobile units to be allotted as per requirement, says top cop

A partial view of ‘Police Assistance Booths’ which are presently being fabricated in the Police Commissioner’s Office and will soon be placed at various points in Mangalore. DH Photo

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Mangalore Police Commissioner Seemanth Kumar Singh reveals that these booths aim to help people who want to approach cops.

They will also benefit the cops as they will act as a temporary shelter during rain and being heat resistant will help them beat Mangalore’s extreme heat. Cops need not depend on washrooms in hotels and shops as these will have all basic facilities and cops can take a break for few minutes here in between their hectic schedule.Each of these booths cost over a lakh and are equipped with table, chair, electricity, fans, bathroom and also water facility with Sintex tanks. The unique feature is the booths are not rooted to the ground and can be easily shifted to different places on basis of need with cranes. The aluminium galavanised sheets out of which the booth is constructed is though and tamper proof. The contract of constructing these booths has been given to Guardian Infrastructure on the basis of e-tender, reveals Singh.

“Mangalore has a history of communal violence and such police outposts will help the cops keep an open eye,” he says.

Singh reveals that on a trial basis 10 such booths will be installed in Commissionerate limits in places such as Kavoor, Town Hall, Thokottu, Padil, Mannagudda, Talapaddy, Gurpura Kaikamba Junction, Mulky border, Attavar and a big booth will be placed outside
Deputy Commissioner’s office as protests take place there regularly.

Each of the booths will be distributed to the stations and cops will be allotted the duty. The number of cops allotted will depend on requirement, says Singh.

“Every work place needs to be dignified. There were several such Police Chowki’s in North India and these will act as motivators for the hard working cops as well as enhance police-people relationship,” says Singh.
Police Constable Varun Alva says that a cop’s job is challenging. These booths will be a great help to cops, especially during extreme weather conditions.
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