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V.S. Acharya
V.S. Acharya

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Rs. 500-crore loan to be raised for project

Department to purchase 500 vehicles

BANGALORE: The Home Department will build 70,000 residential quarters for policemen in the next three years at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,500 crore.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Minister for Home V.S. Acharya said there were one lakh police personnel in the State and only 30,000 policemen had been given residential quarters. Nearly 7,500 houses were in a dilapidated state and were unsafe for living.

The department proposed to construct 70,000 residential quarters in various parts of the State by raising a Rs. 500-crore loan, he said.

The Karnataka Police Housing Corporation would build the quarters, Dr. Acharya said.

Around 500 vehicles would be purchased for the department at a cost of Rs. 18 crore. On Tuesday, the Minister handed over 23 vehicles, including 18 Hoysala, to the department.

The second unit of the India Reserve Battalion would be raised in Dharwad district. The Union Home Department had requested the Government to provide details related to land and location to establish the unit and a minimum of 500 acres would be required, Dr. Acharya said. The first unit of India Reserve Battalion had been raised in Koppal district. On filling vacancies, he said 142 assistant public prosecutors would be recruited soon.

Dr. Acharya clarified that no Minister was under intelligence surveillance and no orders had been issued directing the police or intelligence officials to watch Ministers’ movements.

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