DGP Goutam Sawang says Vizag better positioned to tackle terror threats in AP

Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam is better positioned than other coastal cities to tackle terror threats, claimed Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police, Damodar Goutam Sawang. He assured that the marine police stations (Coastal Security Police) would be strengthened. He added that the proposed tourist police station and cybercrimes police station in Vizag would soon come up.

During his visit to the city, Goutam Sawang held a review meeting on the city security. AP’s top cop said that police with the support of other agencies has been taking a series of measures to prevent the possible entry of terrorists in Vizag.

Vizag city has been on terror suspect’s radar since the city is home for major industries and Eastern Naval Command of Indian Navy. On regular intervals, police alongside others agencies have been conducting mock drills to counter terrorists, Goutam Sawang added.

The DGP said that about 500 police personnel in Vizag had been trained to administer first aid to road accident victims and on procedures, they should follow. Within a distance of 1km within city limits, first aid boxes with 19 emergency medical tools will be placed at pan shops or other junctions that are prone to accidents.

Launching the noble programme under Road Safety Volunteer Programme at City AR Grounds, DGP Goutam Sawang said cops could provide the treatment required during emergencies before reaching the ambulance. “During accidents, many people surround the victim, but they are unable to do anything to save the victim’s life. So, I feel, not only the police but people should also come forward to learn the administration of first aid.”

The cops gave a demonstration of a mock accident scenario before Goutam Sawang demonstrated how to clear the place and tackle the emergency. Police teams would also carry first aid boxes within their Rakshak and patrolling vans. They would offer preliminary aid to accident victims before they are taken to hospitals. Red Cross has donated 500 first-aid boxes.

The top cop also talked about the establishment of green, intelligent road channel in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada for smooth movement of ambulances. Using the latest technology like the Internet of Things (IoT), Andhra police administration has taken up a study to introduce global-standard green corridors in Vizag and Vijayawada.

The study is also estimated the budget required to come up with the infrastructure for the green channel, he added.

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