Raipur: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is set to open an office in Chhattisgarh.
"Seeing the gravity of drug trafficking in Chhattisgarh, the government had sent a proposal to the central government to open an NCB office here," said Principal Secretary (Home) N K Aswal.
The proposal, he said, had been approved. "The office will start functioning soon."
Chhattisgarh has been a hub of drug trafficking, mainly of Ganja(cannabis), which is smuggled from Odisha for supplying to other parts of the country, officials say. Raipur is reputedly a transit point.
The traffickers are believed to connected to Maoists active in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.
The anti-narcotics monitoring in Chhattisgarh was so far handled by NCB`s Indore office.
An NCB officer posted in Mandsore district of Madhya Pradesh, a state known for opium and cannabis cultivation, will head the Chhattisgarh office.