Odisha, March 03, Abhijit Saha: The Chief Minister of Osisha Naveen Patnaik has given in-principle approval for the proposal to establish new Police Commissionerates in,Sambalpur, Rourkela and Berhampur. Sources said that the in charge of the new Commisionerate would be from the senior officers of the IG and DIG ranks.
In the year 2008 the system of Police Commissionerate was first introduced in the twin city of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack under the Odisha Urban Police (OUP) Act 2003. This proposal for introduction of three new commissionerates was submitted by the State police to the Home Department recently to tackle with the increasing law and order challenges in these three cities.
The grant for the creation of commissionerate is given by the Urban police Act. This Act allows the creation of commissionerate only in the plale which have municipal corporations. Between the three cities only one of them have a municipal corporation. Currently, only Berhampur has a municipal corporation. But the civic bodies of Rourkela and Sambalpur have not yet received an official status for corporation.