Jaya sanctions 9 all-terrain vehicles



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

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

Of the nine, six would be inducted at Marina, two at Elliots Beach in Besant Nagar and one in Tiruvanmiyur area which attract 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 "infiltrations" 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 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.

PTI