Kottayam: Refuting Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s statement that 12 coastal police stations have been allocated for Kerala, state Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Saturday said only nine had been sanctioned against the state`s demand for 24 such stations.
Of these, one has already been opened at Neendakara in Kollam district, while coastal regulation laws had come in the way of constructing buildings for the other police stations in the past. However, a special concession in the law for Kerala in 2008 would see work on the buildings commencing this year itself, he said.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a regional awareness programme on `mediation in court cases` here, he claimed that only one of the 24 boats for police stations in coastal areas has been allotted.
Balakrishnan urged the Centre to extend more financial assistance towards setting up these coastal police stations.
The minister said the Centre had started concentrating on coastal areas only after the Mumbai attack. However, Kerala had started a special vigil in coastal areas even before that, he said.
Chidambaram at a press meet in New Delhi today blamed Kerala for not completing construction of police stations in coastal areas and praised Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for completing the first part of security system.