Chandigarh: After giving an awe aspiring facelift to the area around Golden Temple, the state government has now decided to give dedicated ‘Special Tourist Police’ to the holy city Amritsar. The state government envisions this force as a catalyst in ensuring safety, security and comfortable stay of the tourists.
A particular number of cops led by a DSP rank officer would be imparted with specialised training and orientation courses so as to enable them to discharge their duties in an efficient manner. Such police personnel would be deployed from the regular Police force and would be tasked to help the tourists visiting the holy city.
A decision to this effect was taken by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, while presiding over a meeting of Amritsar Culture and Tourism Development Authority (ACTDA), here at his residence on Saturday morning.
The number of cops put on this specific duty is yet to be decided but it is learnt that the STP would comprise of the regular but specially trained cops belonging to the city Police Commissionerate only.
It is pertinent to mention that the ACTDA has been constituted under the administrative control of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department to take care of all the newly created tourist facilities in the vicinity of Sri Harmandir Sahib, Sri Durgiana Mandir, Ram Tirath Complex, Town Hall, Gobindgarh Fort and Urban Haat at Amritsar.
Approximately 500 to 750 meters area around such historical and religious places comes under the jurisdiction of ‘Special Tourist Police’. The ACTDA is authorised to execute development works related to maintenance, cleanliness, electricity, monuments-lighting, sanitation, upkeep of roads, solid waste management and other related works in this area.
Chairing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that the inauguration of various new projects in Amritsar had emerged instrumental in boosting tourism in the holy city.
The CM added that the new projects had given a new look to the city while preserving its age old ethnic look. Badal said that these projects have added zing to the holy city and would be instrumental in giving a major fillip to tourism sector in the city.
“The ACTDA must ensure the proper maintenance of these projects adding that no stone should be left unturned for ensuring proper maintenance of these projects,” he added.
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