QUEEN’S ROAD:After City Express published a report on the pathetic condition of the City Armed Reserve quarters, Home Minister K J George took top police personnel to task during a review meeting on Tuesday. He asked them to call for tenders to raze the houses and construct flats in their place.
“A tender was called earlier but as the estimated project cost exceeded the limit, the Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation (KSPHC) dropped the project. I
have asked officials to take the issue seriously and call fresh tenders. Within a few days, work will start,” George said. He said renovation is likely to cost more than construction of flats.
Meanwhile, KSPHC managing director Seemanth Kumar Singh said the blocks in poor state will be demolished at the earliest. However, he said the works are likely to be started in around two months as the corporation also has to ensure land availability.
City Express had reported how the CAR police quarters have become a safe haven for gamblers and thieves. Less than 50 per cent of the 424 houses are occupied by constables. The remaining are either abandoned or being used by anti-social elements.
The quarters stand adjacent to the CAR Parade Ground next to Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji Flyover on Mysore Road. According to families in the area, delinquents hole up in some of the quarters and drink, gamble and make a racket after dusk. Sometimes, they commit burglaries at night.
Brandishing a copy of the report on CAR quarters that appeared in City Express, Home Minister K J George
on Tuesday asked police top brass to get cracking