Seeking to secure the safety of people thronging the long beach line in the city, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today sanctioned Rs 34.25 lakh for procurement of nine All-Terrain Vehicles for better policing of the seashores, including the famous Marina Beach.

The All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) would help the police prevent crimes on seashores besides facilitating quick reponse to protect people at times of distress, she said in a release here today.

Of the nine, six would be inducted at Marina, two at Elliots Beach in Besant Nagar, and one in the Thiruvanmiyur area which attracts a large number of people, including tourists and locals.

The vehicles have been sanctioned keeping in mind the large number of people congregating at the beaches and to ensure prevention of anti-social acts and “infiltration” into the State through the sea, she said.

The State Government had already sanctioned one All Terrain Motor Cycle and one such jeep each to 12 police stations of the Coastal Security Group, in-charge of maintaining a vigil over the 1,076-km-long coastline of the State extending from Tiruvallur district in the north to Kanyakumari in the South to prevent smuggling and infiltration of extremists, the release said.

(This article was published on August 2, 2012)
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