TAMBARAM: In addition to building a compound wall around the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, the Forest Department has extended it around the premises of the Otteri police station too.
The police station, about 8 km from Tambaram, is located on the Vandalur – Kelambakkam road on a piece of land that comes under the Arignar Anna Zoological Park. The police station was established in 1987, and the Forest Department gets a meagre monthly rent from the property.
Recently, the Department started constructing a compound wall around the premises of the zoo to prevent dog packs and other stray animals from entering it.
Its officials said they had sent reminder notices asking senior officials of the Kancheepuram district administration and the police department to shift the Otteri police station elsewhere.
Though they were not pressing the Government for a speedy vacation of the premises, shifting the police station would be better for the zoo, the police station and the people served by it. Even police officers of the Chengalpattu sub-division, under whose jurisdiction the Otteri police station falls, said that the its location was not ideal for the people.
Mannivakkam, Otteri Extension, Vandalur and other areas are being served by the Otteri police station, located on the border of the Thalambur police station limits, they said. Most of the trouble-prone areas and black spot villages were far away from the police station. Mannivakkam, located at the intersection of Mudichur Road and the Vandalur – Wallajahbad Radial Road has witnessed as many as 28 murders since 2000.
The spate of murders, as a fall out of gang rivalry, forced the police to set up an outpost there about eight years ago.
Residents of Mannivakkam, Otteri Extension and Vandalur had always been of the opinion that the outpost in Mannivakkam should be upgraded to a full-fledged police station.
Alaternatively, the Otteri police station should be shifted from its present location to the Grand Southern Trunk Road at Vandalur. Only then would it be possible for people to have easy access to the police station, residents said.
The station has a sanctioned strength of three Sub-Inspectors and 20 policemen. The Inspector of Police, Guduvanchery, also takes care of Otteri.
The major problems they have had to tackle were crimes in Vandalur and Otteri Extension, and murders in Mannivakkam.
Senior officials of the sub-division said shortage of staff was not as big a problem as the location. Shifting to a better location would not only help in better administration and quicker response to problems, but also help the people have easier access to the law enforcers, they added.