Cops' struggle for land likely to end on a victorious note

Devaraja traffic police may soon have their own station building

Cops' struggle for land likely to end on a victorious note

It seems, the decade long battle of the police for a land to set up a station is nearing end.

Devaraja traffic police, popular as Nallappathana, are a happy lot with the plea to commercial tax department to part with the land, where the station is located on Krishnavilas road, almost likely to be considered.

Following a requisition from the office of police commissioner to the deputy commissioner, the latter had ordered for survey of the station area.

The survey has been completed and what remains now is an official letter of allotment, sources told Deccan Herald.

The station is functioning in a dilapidated building dating back to the period of erstwhile rule of Maharaja’s.

The huge property that includes the station building, crumbled quarters and the vacant space had been allotted to commercial tax department and social welfare department by public works department.

The commercial tax department has plans to build its intelligence wing on a portion of the said land and the construction work has begun. While the front portion of the land facing Dewan’s road is identified for Dr B R Ambedkar Bhavan.

The police who were in the fear of being evacuated, had relaunched the efforts to retain the station. The station is functioning in the building, that is standing on the land allotted to commercial tax department.

When the higher ups in the police convinced the commercial tax authorities, they readily agreed. What forced the police to fight for the land at the same place was its easy accessibility to the people, for being located in the heart of the city.

If that’s the good news on the part of traffic wing, the law and order wing of Devaraja station functioning on Dhanwantri road is still grappling with the related woes.

The station is functioning in the official quarters of medial superintendent of the K R Hospital. Here too, the building is existing since the period of rule of Wadiyars and it’s withering in parts. 

With the widening of the road under plans, the station is under the threat of losing a portion of the building.

Ironically, of the 22 police stations in the city including four of traffic, only these two stations lack own building.

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