THE CITY will have more police stations in near future owing to the burgeoning population in certain localities and the need for better policing there.
Among the proposed police stations, Chhola is likely to come up at the earliest. The proposal for carving out the Chhola police station from the Nishatpura has already been sent to the State Government.
Nishatpura is one of the most populated areas in the State capital and development of new colonies in the area is making the job for police quite difficult. Also, the Qainchi Chhola and its surrounding localities are considered communally sensitive and seen flare-ups in the past.
‘Nishatpura has one of the highest crime rate owing to the large area of jurisdiction and also the unplanned growth of clusters,” says a senior police official. Besides, the Gandhi Nagar police post that is being run like a police station by the district police is yet to be approved at the government-level.
“As new clusters sprout, it becomes extremely difficult to keep an eye on anti-socials and criminals in these places,” he adds on conditions of anonymity.
Police officials say that another locality that needs a police station at the earliest is Ayodhya Nagar. The pace of development in the area and the pressure on Piplani police station makes it imperative to have a police station there.
SP Anant Kumar Singh hopes that Chhola and Gandhi Nagar police station would get a sanction soon. “The proposals for upgrading these two police posts to police stations have been sent,” he adds.
Shahpura was the latest police station to start functioning in the State capital. It came up in September last year, taking the number of regular police stations in Bhopal to 35.