Beach Control Unit initiated by the city police two weeks ago has been working effectively and rescuing missing children apart from coordinating issues of law and order, monitoring traffic and preventing drowning incidents in the local beaches. This was initiated under the direction of Commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha.
Since the last two weeks, more than 10 children, mostly below 10 years of age, have been rescued by the unit working with the unit at Rama Krishna Beach. As part of the unit, the police have arranged 19 rooftop surveillance points from Naval Coastal Battery to It SEZ Junction. Two police personnel were allotted at each point and they are equipped with binoculars, high-power torch lights and communication system. Police have also arranged a number of sub-control rooms at various places like Appughar, Rushikonda, Thotlakonda along Beach Road stretch.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ch. Adinarayana, who is monitoring the control room at the beach, said “as part of security arrangements, 190 police personnel are deputed to monitor law and order, traffic, rooftops, sub-control rooms and watch the movement of suspicious activities on road from Naval Coastal Battery (NCB) to I.T. SEZ Junction. So whenever the teams find any children lost or missing, they immediately inform and take them to the beach control unit. The Beach Control Unit announces in loudspeakers about the rescued children, so that parents can approach us.”
The ADCP said that the crowd movement in the local beaches, Tenneti Park and Rushikonda has gradually increased over the years, especially during weekends, public holidays and festivals. So there are chances of children missing and the control unit has rescued all the missing cases. He also said that the unit is equipped with the latest communication system and technology. Police personnel in the control room will be coordinating with other police regarding any activities including traffic chaos, crimes or even movement of suspicious persons.
Keeping in view of a few property offenses and law and order situations, the city police have been asking the beach visitors right from NCB to Bheemili to leave the premises from 10.30 p.m. However a few locals expressed that the police should allow them at least till 12 a.m.