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Kathmandu Security in the hand of Metro Police

In an effort to curb the growing criminal activities in the capital, the government has launched an ambitious security project in the valley. It has introduced the concept of Metropolitan Police that was launched Friday. The Metro Police, henceforth, will look after the total security of the three districts of the valley i.e. Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur.
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Work at hurry: Gaushala Police Office is also converted to Metropolitan Police office. The gate is just being painted with new name Friday morning. (Pic. Indra Dhoj Kshetri)

The government has planned to complete the project in five phases in five years, and fifty million rupees has been allocated for the first phase. As per the concept, there will be nine separate divisions each under the command of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP). Three tiers of police offices i.e. Range, Circle and Sector would be under the command of a Superintendent DSP and Inspector respectively. There will be three Range Police Offices, seven Circle Offices and 80 Sector Offices in the valley. Whereas, Rural Police Branches under each Range and Circle Police Office in the valley will look after rural areas of the districts.
The valley Police office at Rani Pokhari has been changed as the Metro Police Office. Ward Police Offices including Balaju, Kalimati, Boudhha, Maharajgunj, Baneshwor, Chapagaun (Lalitpur) and Thimi (Bhaktapur) have been converted into Circle Police Offices under the first phase. (See pic.)
The ambitious security policy aims to acquire over 70 Control Room Vehicles (CRVs) standby at different locations of the city. Besides police personnel, each CRV will be equipped with latest, state-of-the-art technology including GPS, GIS, CCTV, DVL, walkie-talkie and wireless telephone. As soon as police are provided with information about any crime, the CRV stationed closest will be the first to respond to any incident.
The new police body will also have semi-judicial powers as those currently enjoyed by Chief District Officer. Additional Inspector General (AIG) for the Valley Police Office, Deepak Thangdel will head the new police body as Police Commissioner while another (DIG) will be designated second-in-command.
Altogether 5,340 police personnel are currently deputed in three districts in the Kathmandu valley. Upon completion of the project, a total of 13,752 police personnel would be deputed in Kathmandu valley.

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