Published on : Saturday, October 21, 2017
Mysuru, the South Indian city in Karnataka, known for the palaces and the mix urban life, attracts lakhs of tourists every year and to help them the Karnataka Government is now planning to make the tourists’ police to help the tourists while travelling the city, which will be the newest and one of the modern technique to help the tourists.
The Home minister Ramalinga Reddy after reviewing policing in Mysuru city and southern police range, suggested that the city police create a special unit within the force to address issues of tourists visiting Mysuru. He asked police commissioner A S Rao to look into the issue.
Mysuru Palace receives about 3.5 million national and international visitors every year and annual footfall at Mysuru zoo is over 3 million. Another important tourist attraction that receives crowd in lakhs is Chamundi Hills, a notable place for the adventure.
The reason for signifying the formation of tourist police is that earlier, there were incidents of tourists being cheated, robbed and molested by the local reprobates.
Mysuru Police had made attempts to place up a special police unit to support the visitors at tourist places and to ensure safety to them.
The Tourist police had thought of having a special unit within the department to make certain safety to the visitors.
Usually, the national and international tourists vacillate to move toward the police seeking assistance as sometimes they don’t get any response from them.
The Mysuru City Police Department had discussed to organize the police at these places with minor changes in their uniform and a ‘Tourist Police’ badge so that visitors feel free to approach them for any assistance.
The plan to make the tourist police was put on hold after the Department of Tourism of Karnataka Government launched “Tourist Mitra”, where trained home guards were posted at 13 districts including the city of palace- Mysuru.