Published On: Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015

PCR vans launched for safety of tourists

12-300x131Puri: The Tourism Department and police administration, in a joint venture, commissioned four PCR vehicles in an effort to curb tourist-related violence. Minister for Tourism and Culture Ashok Panda, in the presence of local MLA Maheswar Mohanty, district Collector and SP flagged off the operation of PCR vans from Puri beach.

While two PCR vans would cover the entire 36-km stretch of Puri Konark marine drive road, the other two would patrol the Puri-Satapada routes. One PCR van would cover from Puri to Brahmagiri and another from Brahmagiri to Satapada. Similarly, a third vehicle would operate from Puri to Balighai while the fourth one would operate along the Balighai-Konark marine drive road.

The Tourism Department would provide 15 litres of fuel per vehicle per day while the police administration would deploy 20 policemen, five for each vehicle besides drivers. The Tourist Department would provide special dresses for the policemen.

A toll-free number 1800 200 2524 was made operational for visitors at the Sea Beach police station. This apart, eight tourist desks would operate in the State with four in Puri police stations located along the beaches.

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