Mathura, 2019.03.10 (VT): With the approval of UP Governor Shri Ram Naik, the administration has cleared the way for the setting up of a Tourist Police Station in Mathura.
On Friday, home secretary Bhagwan Swaroop issued orders for the same. Details regarding the number of personnel, designations, hierarchy and respective duties will be revealed in a subsequent order.
The idea was mooted by UP CM Yogi Adityanath in August, last year. According to Arvind Kumar, (principal secretary, home) this will be the first tourist police station in the state.
The number of tourists arriving in Braj every year has crossed 30 million according to official estimates. This decision was taken to ensure their convenience and safety, which is a state subject.
The first tourist police station in India was set up in Kochi, Kerala in 2010. Since then 14 states including Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha have deployed tourist police in one form or the other.