Special Correspondent

Rs. 15 crore multi-storeyed construction will come up in Vepery

  • First phase will begin this financial year at a cost of Rs.10 crore
  • Present Commissioner's office does not have adequate space
  • Police vehicles to get latest high-tech gadgets such as those in developed countries

    CHENNAI: A new building to house all the City Police offices is to be constructed at Vepery here.

    The multi-storeyed building will be constructed at a cost of Rs.15 crore in two phases. The first phase of the work will begin this financial year at a cost of Rs.10 crore, the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, told the State Assembly on Wednesday.

    Replying to the debate on the demands for grants for the police department, he said the present Police Commissioner's office, on Pantheon Road, Egmore, did not have adequate space. Officials of the Tamil Nadu Police Housing Corporation who inspected the building of the traffic police office found that the structure was not up to the desired level from the user perspective.

    In the 5.5 acres of vacant space available on the premises, a multi-storeyed building would be constructed and it would accommodate all the city police offices.

    Mr. Karunanidhi said the first phase of work for constructing a Police Academy at Oonamanchery near Vandalur would be completed by June 2007 and the facility would start functioning thereafter.

    With a view to handling traffic problems and maintaining law and order in the burgeoning city, it had been decided to provide to the police vehicles with latest high-tech gadgets on the lines of the ones in developed countries.

    In this connection, car major Hyundai at Irunkattukottai had come forward to donate, as a measure of goodwill, 100 air-conditioned `Accent' cars for use by the city police. New buildings would be constructed for Vyasarpadi, Palavanthangal and Puzhal police stations at a cost of Rs.1.90 crore.