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Vizag CP’s Action Plan to control deaths on the beach


Ramakrishna beach is like a Turquoise necklace to Vizag that attracts tourists from all over the country, especially on weekends. From the Coastal Battery to Rushikonda, there is a constant onslaught of visitors. Of course, bathing in the sea is indeed quite ecstatic. But in spite of clear warnings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NIOA) that the depth of the beach in the region is not conducive to bathing, tourists do take chances to bathe leading to fatal accidents. However, the fact that this particular area is a hub for accidents is of concern to everyone.

Speaking to Hello Vizag, City Police Commissioner Manish Kumar Sinha said that the city’s reputation would be enhanced if the beach could be turned into a safe haven without the risk of death. About 50 people die here every year. With the onset of summer the onslaught on the beach increases. So, keeping this in mind we formed 4 petrol teams with a strength of 157 police personal drawn from Marine and AR divisions as well as the security and traffic person was formed for constant monitoring and prevention of accidents between coastal battery to Rushikonda beach.

Explaining the modus operandi of the petrol team, Mr Sinha said one petrol team will keep constant vigil and strictly warn on those who take a dip in the beach. The second team patrols the vehicles on the beach road and takes the injured to the hospital in a timely manner, providing basic medical services and taking action without traffic jams. The third team constantly monitors the coast with binoculars from the tops of tall buildings. The beach control room will immediately alert staff in the area if it detects anyone trapped in the waves. The fourth team acts as a liaison between the control room and the staff on duty on the beach, looking after visitors and tourists without difficulty.

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