Friday, October 15, 2010

Bopal and Changodar get new police stations

Ahmedabad: There is some good news for Bopal residents. They will now have their own police station where they can go to get their law and order problems redressed rather than having to go to the Sarkhej police station, which is around eight kilometres away.
Several residents along the fast-developing Ahmedabad-Sanand road will also heave a sigh of relief as the industrial area of Changodar has also got a new police station on Friday.
Friday saw the informal opening of the police stations in the presence of senior officials. Sandeep Singh, superintendent of police (rural), told TOI that opening the stations was the need of the hour. “Bifurcation of the areas was already completed and we were asked to implement it as soon as possible. Thus, we chose the day considered to be auspicious and started the operations with the staff available,” he said.
Currently, Bopal police chowky and Changodar police chowky have been converted into makeshift police stations. While Bopal is headed by current sub-inspector RN Patel, Changodar is taken care by inspector MN Malek for the time being. “We are in search of an appropriate building to house the station. However, it will take some time,” said Singh.
The Sarkhej police station alone has a massive jurisdiction of around 16 sq km on both sides of SG Highway, stretching from Makarba to Ghuma and touching Gota crossroads along the length of the outer ring road. The new police station will reduce that burden, said officials. Similarly, rapidly developing areas near Sanand were too difficult to handle for the police station based at Sanand. Thus, 14 villages will now be under the Changodar police station.
The staff have been allotted to the police station and after Diwali more police personnel will be provided, said senior officials.

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