Minister of State for Home, Harsh Sanghvi, on Saturday inaugurated five new police stations in Rajkot Rural Police jurisdiction and a police chowki at the under-construction permanent campus of All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on the outskirts of the city.
During his visit to Rajkot district, Sanghvi inaugurated the newly-set up Gondal B Division police station in Gondal town, Udyognagar police station in Jetpur town, Metoda GIDC police station in Lodhika taluka, Sultanpur police station in Gondal taluka and Dhoraji Taluka police station in Dhoraji town. These new police stations have been carved out of Gondal town police station, Jetpur town police station, Lodhika police station, Gondal taluka police station and Dhoraji police station, respectively.
“Industrialisation is happening at a rapid pace in Gondal, Jetpur and Lodhika and therefore, the population is also increasing commensurately in these talukas, warranting new police stations. Similar is the case of Dhoraji,” Jaipal Singh Rathore, Superintendent of Rajkot Rural Police, said.
He added, “Sultanpur was an outpost under the jurisdiction of Gondal taluka police station. However, it is around 50 km away from Gondal and people had to travel this long to avail help from the police. Therefore, it was proposed to create a new police station in Sultanpur to serve Sultanpur and nearby villages.”
Sanghvi also inaugurated a new police chowki at the under-construction campus of AIIMS at Para Pipaliya village on the outskirts of Rajkot. “As the AIIMS is set to become functional in the coming days, there is a need for a police chowki there. Therefore, we had proposed to set up one there under the jurisdiction of Padadhari police station,” Rathore said, adding that proposals for setting up the five new police stations were sent to the government in 2020-21.
“Manpower has been sanctioned by the government for these new police stations and accordingly, new staff will be appointed there. However, at present, we have posted some of our current staff to these new police stations,” Rathore said.
Earlier in the day, Sanghvi also inaugurated the new building of the office of commandant of the State Reserve police group headquartered in Gondal.