After chief minister Parkash Singh Badal gave a nod for the deployment of special tourist police (STP), Amritsar police is gearing up to deploy as many as 120 cops in the city. They are also planning to construct more tourist booths and a dedicated police station for the tourists.
Police personnel will be deployed from the regular police force and will be tasked to help tourists visiting the holy city. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank officers (male and female) will be supervising the STP, said police commissioner Lok Nath Angra.
For now, the tourism police: tourist information centers are lying vacant and no cops are found on duty. However, Angra assured that the centres will soon be functional and cops will be on duty.
“A dedicated police station will soon come up at Kotwali area in Town Hall. The police station will have male and female cops, to assist the tourists. Amritsar will have more tourism police: tourist information centres, where cops with good communication skills will be deployed,” added Angra.
He added that initially the force will have cops from Amritsar only, but later they may conduct a drive for more recruitments.
“Right now, the project is at a pre-mature stage but proposals regarding requirements and recruitments have been sent to the department. If the proposals are sanctioned, then the commissioner of police office (CPO) will decide on how and when to carry out further recruitments. More personnel will be needed in the city to make the working more efficient,” he said.
After chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal inaugurating new projects in Amritsar, it has become instrumental in boosting tourism.
These projects have given a new look to the city and have added zing to the holy city. But now, the need is to give a safe and friendly environment to the tourists and for that Amritsar police need to tighten their belts and aim to occupy the existing information centres, especially at Kitchlew Chowk and Ranjit Avenue.
“With the inauguration of various new destinations, tourist footfall has gone up. And it is our duty to provide them with a safe and cordial environment. 8-9 places will be spotted for more information booths to be created. Approachable and multi-lingual cops will be deployed at the centres,” said deputy commissioner of police (DCP) J Elanchezhian.
“Initially, 120 cops will be deployed as the special tourist force in Amritsar. There will be an integrated approach as cops will be selected from Amritsar police. But a few factors will be kept in mind such as officers supervising the centres should be multi-lingual and tourist police will have to be multi-tasking. Along with helping the tourists, they will have to handle law and order, and traffic problems as well,” he added.
With the newly appointed Amritsar Culture and Tourism Development Authority (ACTDA), Special tourist police will take care of all the newly created tourist facilities in the vicinity of Sri Harmandir Sahib, Sri Durgiana Mandir, Ram Tirath Complex, Town Hall, Gobindgarh Fort and Urban Haat at Amritsar.