A part of the ceiling has got peeled off at Assonora police outpost. (Erwin Fonseca)
MAPUSA: The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar has retained the home portfolio so as to streamline the functioning of the police department which was in a bad light due to increasing cases of drugs and other crimes reported during the erstwhile government.
Though Mr Parrikar has appealed to the police to work sincerely and register cases in right earnest there does not seem to be any improvement in working conditions of policemen.
While on one hand various police quarters are neglected or are not properly maintained by the PWD, there are atleast two police outposts, one at Assonora and the other at Arambol, that need urgent attention.
The police outpost at Assonora has long been neglected. Inspite of its plight being highlighted many a times nothing worthwhile has happened and the policemen are forced to live and work in a pathetic state.
The condition of this single room turned into an outpost is such that the concrete chunks are falling off the ceiling due to seepage of water and the whole structure is dangerous to live in.
The balcony wall is also facing a threat of collapse. This outpost that comes under the Mapusa police station has been completely neglected for a long time now. Few policemen who are functioning from here have divided this single room into two halves, one used for sleeping and the other as an office. The toilet which is below the building is most of the times in bad condition.
The building housing this outpost also has office of the electricity department, health centre and 108 ambulance service under one roof.
A senior police official, when contacted, said that persistent efforts need to be made to shift this outpost to Assonora bus stand so that not only the policemen will get better conditions of work but even security could be maintained at the bus stand which has become a hub of criminal activities.
Former home minister, Mr Ravi Naik had mooted a proposal to close down this outpost and instead open a new full-fledged police station at Tivim by de-linking Pernem from Mapusa but again nothing concrete happened in this regard.
Tivim MLA, Mr Kiran Khandolkar said that he was informed about the condition of the outpost but was yet to visit it.
“I have heard that the Assonora police outpost is in a bad state. I will be visiting the outpost soon, but all the same I feel that the outpost should be shifted at the bus stand. It is for the DGP to formally request the KTC to provide a room for his men. On my part I am ready with whatever help is needed to expedite the work,” he informed.
He said that it was really a pity to see the policemen working in such miserable conditions and facing a big risk in the monsoons. Other outposts of Mapusa that are at Karaswada and Aldona are comparatively in a better condition.
Another outpost that is also lying neglected is the Arambol outpost coming under the Pernem police station. This outpost has no proper access and is also not well maintained with Arambol being a very important tourist destination.