Berhampur, October 5 (LocalWire): The Ganjam police have launched an exclusive patrolling on the National Highway (NH) 16 under Chhatrapur police station limits.
The initiative is aimed to thwart highway robberies, ensure smooth movement of vehicles carrying consignments, and to regulate the traffic in the stretch.
A dedicated vehicle for the purpose was also donated by the public sector company Nalco and it was flagged off on Friday by the Ganjam superintendent of police Brijesh Rai.
“With this vehicle, the patrolling will be conducted on the NH16 coming under the jurisdiction of Chhatrapur police station limits,” Rai said.
While the staff of the Chhatrapur police station would be pressed under the service, the vehicle would station at Chhatrapur police station, he said.
Around 64-long of the NH16 passes through the In Ganjam district and the state police had earlier sought the home department’s approval for launching a highway patrolling project on five different stretches, including Jaleswar to Ichhapurm, which passes through the Ganjam district.
The state police had urged the government for sanction of the manpower and logistics for the purpose. The project, however, was yet to be sanctioned, sources said.
“We will launch the highway patrolling in other stretches under Khallikote and Rambha police station limits when government sanctions the vehicles and required staffs,” Rai stated.
He, however, said that the present staff of the respective police stations has been conducting the patrolling on these stretches.
Launching of the highway patrolling has assumed significance as the route is preferred by the drug smugglers to transport ganja and other narcotics, besides the incidents of looting that have been reported on the route.