An elite Special Security Battalion (SSB) would be set up to look after security of the Orissa capital city and nearby areas besides providing security to visiting dignatories.

The SSB would comprise 1,161 personnel, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here on Saturday while addressing the 2nd commemoration function of the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commiserate.

The commiserate which, faces manpower shortage, also provides security to visiting VVIPs.

President Pratibha Patil visited the state on December 8, players of India and Sri Lanka were in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack from December 19 to 22 and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on December 27, an official said.

“Security is a big issue now, particularly after the rise in naxal violence in the state,” he said.

Mr. Patnaik also announced establishment of 11 more police stations in the commiserate area including three traffic police stations.

“In the face of the rapidly expanding urban agglomerate of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, both in terms of spatial and population growth, it is desirable that we provide a system of police administration which is credible, efficient and people-friendly,” the Chief Minister said.

Prompt redressal of genuine grievances of the people and strict action against law breakers should be the ideal of every policeman, Mr. Patnaik said.