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Bhubaneswar: A proposal for bifurcation of Bhubaneswar Urban Police District (UPD) has been sent for approval of the State Government, informed Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty on Friday.
As per the proposal, the Commissionerate Police has decided to divide the 22 police stations under Bhubaneswar UPD with 11 stations each under Bhubaneswar North UPD and Bhubaneswar South UPD.
While areas starting from Chandrasekharpur, Chandaka, Infocity, Nandankanan, Nayapalli, Khandagiri till Jatni will come under the jurisdiction of Bhubaneswar North UPD, the core city area from Capital Hospital, Kharvela Nagar, Balianta till Dhauli will be under Bhubaneswar South UPD.
The bifurcation may not require additional resources as only a new DCP office will be set up. The Reserve office will remain the same and work under the office of Police Commissioner. It will help in better supervision as due to decrease in area, the DCPs can focus more on controlling crime and maintaining law and order, said Mohanty.
While the existing DCP office will be the headquarters of Bhubaneswar North DCP, it will be feasible to construct the headquarters of Bhubaneswar South DCP anywhere near the State Secretariat, land towards which will be identified only after approval of the proposal, he added.
Mohanty said that Bhubaneswar has undergone a major change in the last 11 years since the formation of Commissionerate Police in 2008. With an increase in population there has also been an increase in crimes.
While there were around 10 lakh people under Bhubaneswar UPD in 2008, now there are 16 lakh people. In place of 4500 cases registered earlier, now around 7000 cases are being registered. Around 40,000 vehicles were registered annually earlier, now over 1 lakh vehicles are registered annually.
Besides, as there are many protected dignitaries in Bhubaneswar, the UPD was providing VIP security to around 500 persons in 2008, now it has to provide VIP security to over 850 persons.