Governor’s adviser K Vijay Kumar unveils the plaque at Chutia police station in Ranchi on Friday. (Prashant Mitra)
Governor’s adviser K. Vijay Kumar on Friday inaugurated three new buildings that will house the Argora, Lower Bazar and Chutia police stations.
The first building, which is a stone’s throw from the residence of Team India skipper and Ranchi lad Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will house the Argora police station which at present functions from a rented building at Ashok Nagar Colony.
Spread over 3,000sqft, the double-storey new police station has room for constables, a chamber for the officer-in-charge, a computer room and space for keeping records. The police station started operating from the new building from Friday itself.
Jharkhand State Police Housing Corporation undertook construction work after Jharkhand State Housing Board provided the plot in December last year.
The second 1,600sqft building that was thrown open by Kumar near Ranchi’s Gudri Chowk on Friday will house Lower Bazar police station.
The four-storey building comes with a host of facilities that includes parking space on the ground floor, six rooms each on its first and second floors and a giant conference hall on its third. But, what makes this police station unique in terms of infrastructure, is an elevator that no other police station boasts.
Chutia police station, on the other hand, will move to a 6,000sqft building near the Ranchi station.
The new double-storey building has 10 rooms on its ground floor and barracks along with a hall on the first floor. It has rooms for constables, a chamber for the officer-in-charge, a computer room and space for keeping records. The police station so far operated from a crumbling single-storey building close to its new address.
Speaking to The Telegraph, officer-in-charge of Argora Pradeep Kumar Das said with the inauguration of the new building the major problem of space crunch had been taken care of.
“The new building will give constables some respite and offer ample space for them to rest after duty hours. Records can also be maintained properly now on,” he added.
Officer-in-charge of Lower Bazar police station Pramod Kumar Pandey echoed him and said that the new building was spacious.
“I am happy to be in-charge of a police station that is shifting to a beautiful building. This is the first in the state to be equipped with an elevator. We are hopeful that better infrastructure will boost work efficiency among the men,” Pandey said.
Chutia police station in-charge Kumar Saryu Anand said their building looked grand. “It will help us project a people-friendly image too,” he added.