Home Minister K J George’s visit to two police quarters in Shivajinagar and Ulsoor on Wednesday opened a floodgate of complaints.
Residents took the opportunity to air their grievances, ranging from water shortage to garbage dumps. The Home Minister has asked DCP (East) to report on the complaints and provide an estimate for repairs and upkeep.
“We will look into how the cost of repair and maintenance will be, how much money the department has and then work out how the remaining expenses will be met,” George told reporters after inspecting the quarters. According to the minister, 11,500 quarters, with state-of-the-art facilities, will be constructed for the force over the next two years at a cost of `1,800 crore. Of these, 2,500 quarters will be set up in Bangalore city, George said.
“The construction work is in various stages of tendering. There is a 60 per cent shortage in the number of quarters available for police officials. We are hoping that the new constructions will bridge this gap,” he said.
The minister also visited the office of the commandant of the Karnataka Industrial Security Force near Queen’s Road. George suggested that the building be demolished to construct quarters for those officers providing security to VIPs. The commandant’s office will be shifted to the outskirts of the city.