Projected as future city, SAS Nagar does not have proper buildings to house its police stations even after a decade of becoming a district.
There are five police stations operating in SAS Nagar - Phase 1, Phase 8, Mataur, Phase 11 and Sohana. Of these, only Phases 1 and 8 police stations are housed in proper buildings, while the rest are make shift and still awaiting allotment of land.
Initially, these police stations were operating from community centres, but after SAS Nagar became a district in April 2006, the same had to be vacated in 2013 on the directives of the Punjab and Haryana high court. Ankush Club of SAS Nagar in 2012 had approached the high court seeking directions to get the community centre vacated.
For operating the police station in Sohana, a house in government houses for employees in Sector 66 was converted into a police station while the Mataur police station is operating from the Radha Swami Satsang Bhawan located opposite the Phase 7 market. Interestingly, both these police stations are operating from places which are outside their jurisdiction. The police station in Phase 11 is operating from a police post that was upgraded to police station.
“We have got one-acre land allotted for Sohana police station in Sector 86. The construction will begin soon and it will take about a year to construct the building. Another 2 kanals have been identified for women police station in Sector 77 and economic offences wing too,” said Kuldip Singh Chahal, SSP, SAS Nagar.
He added that apart from this, 25-acre land has also been identified for construction of police lines and another 2 acres for houses for the cops.
In April 2016, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had given approval to allot five sites for setting up new police stations in Sector 89, Aero City, IT City in Sector 66 Beta, Medicity in New Chandigarh (Mullanpur) and Sector 77 in SAS Nagar.
Badal, who was also the chairman of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), approved its proposal for the allotment of one acre land in Sector 89, 0.92 acre in Aero City, 2 acre in IT City, Sector 66 Beta, one acre in Medicity, New Chandigarh and 0.5 acre for women police station at Sector 77 in SAS Nagar. These sites have been allotted to the police department free of cost as per the policy of GMADA.