Police barracks, reserve office and magazine houses sought
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Angul, 4 October
The administrative machinery, which has been accused of doling out vast patches of precious land to industrial houses at throwaway prices, prefers to look the other way when an important government department like police seeks required land for construction of basic facilities.
All this happens when none other than the chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik himself is in charge of the home portfolio!
The authorities have failed to construct important infrastructure like police barrack, reserve office and magazine house for them, supposedly due to want of land and the revenue department’s alleged callousness.
Lamenting the apathy, hundreds of constables and havildars sought to put forth the matter directly before the collector and turned up at his weekly grievance hearing here on Monday. "Reserve office and barrack are very important infrastructure facilities for any police organization. As they are yet to be developed to here, most of us stay in rented houses in the town and elsewhere. It is inconvenient. The lamentable part is that while funds are available aplenty, lack of land has led to inordinate delay in constructing the facilities. We sought to draw the attention of the collector to this important matter," said Mr Sangram Singh, the president of the district constable sangh.
What has pained the men-in-khaki is that the basic facilities are yet to come even 20 years after formation of the district. The fervent pleadings of the subsequent superintendents of police (SPs) for required land have failed to yield result even as funds continued to get refunded over non-utilization. The fact that another installation of Rs 1.40 crore provided by the Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation is feared to be refunded prompted the aggrieved constables to take the matter up with the collector directly. Angul SP Narasingha Bhol was present and stressed the need to have facilities.
He stressed on early allotment of land for the barrack, reserve office and magazine house as well as for the police stations and outposts which are still running from rented premises.
“The barrack will not only solve the accommodation problem but also increase the efficiency of our men by quick mobilization. It is unfortunate that the revenue department has failed to entertain our repeated pleadings,” he said.
The collector assured the cops that their requirement will be taken care of.
“In fact, I have already initiated measures to provide required patches of land for construction of the police facilities,” he said.