Delhi will get its first tourist police station in Paharganj before the Commonwealth Games.
The iconic Paharganj police station, set up in 1947, will be bifurcated and a new building will house the capital’s first tourist police station.
“The existing police station of Paharganj is quite far from the area where all the hotels and guesthouses are located. The new police station will mainly cater to foreign tourists,” said Commissioner of Police YS Dadwal.
The police chief said that security of tourists was their prime concern. “It is a game of national importance and the security of tourists is high on our agenda. We already take action against touts at Indira Gandhi International Airport, we keep arresting them,” said Dadwal.
The existing police post, Sangtrashan (stone carver), will be converted into a full fledged police station by the end of August. The new police station will be known as Paharganj (East).
Paharganj was the one of the three large police stations to come up in Delhi after Independence in 1947. The other two were Subzi Mandi and Kotwali.
Presently, the police post is running with staff strength of 20, which will be upgraded to 150.
“The decision was taken as we are expecting large number of tourists during the Games. It was a security concern,” said Jaspal Singh, deputy commissioner of police (central).
There are 901 guesthouses and hotels in Delhi and licences for another 181 are under consideration.