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Waiting for a proper workplace

The inability to get a convenient date from the Chief Minister is delaying the inauguration of police stations, saysAnand Haridas

Even though Fort Kochi, Mattanchery and Palluruthy police stations were given new buildings to function, the formal inauguration is yet to take place.

Inability to get a convenient date of the Chief Minister, who is also the Home Minister, for the inauguration is delaying the event. With the old police stations in dilapidated condition and developing leaks in the summer rain, the force has decided to move into the new premises without much of a noise.

The Fort Kochi police have moved into the new office, unofficially. However, the officers will not be able to register cases and First Information Reports in the new building, as it is yet to be notified as a police station.

"But this is not affecting the routine function, as both the buildings are in the same compound," said one officer at the Fort Kochi police station. The old building, which was originally registration office of Cochin Port, has grown too old to be repaired using patch-ups.

There will be some delay in issuing notifications, it is learnt. All the Government Orders issued in connection with the police station should be quoted in the notification. The force is still hunting for the first GO on establishing the police station at Fort Kochi.

The case is the same for Palluruthy police station as well.

However, a copy of the first GO for establishing a police station at Mattanchery was available at the police station and hence the notification was issued in January. But the new building constructed at Mattanchery is facing a different problem.

While the building at Fort Kochi houses only the police station and the office of the Circle Inspector, the one at Mattanchery is expected to accommodate the office of the Assistant Commissioner too along with the police station and the office of the Circle Inspector.

As the Mattanchery police station has more personnel, around 85 as against an average of 50 at other stations, the availability of space will be a problem. Also, the provision for more than 10 women police personnel was not considered in the new building. All these make shifting of the office of Assistant Commissioner to the new premises doubtful.

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