Chennai: With a view to prevent any infiltration via the sea route and also to protect beachgoers from anti-social elements, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday announced nine all-terrain vehicles would be provided to the police to patrol, from Marina Beach to the Tiruvanmiyur Beach area.
Of the nine vehicles to be procured at a cost of Rs 34.25 lakh, six would be engaged for patrolling along the Marina while two would be used for Elliots Beach area. One would be pressed into service on Tiruvanmiyur Beach, an official release said.
Large number of visitors throng the beachline from Marina to Tiruvanmiyur from dawn to dusk. Apart from checking infiltration, the all-terrain vehicles will safeguard the people from anti-social elements besides facilitating quick response at times of emergency.
Six would be engaged for patrolling along the Marina while two would be used for Elliots Beach area.
On November 16, 2011, the Chief Minister had ordered that all-terrain jeeps and motorcycles should be provided to 12 police stations located along the 1,076 km coastline of the State, extending from Tiruvallur to Kanyakumari district to prevent infiltration of extremists. The patrols are also expected to check smuggling, besides collecting intelligence information regarding the safety of Tamil Nadu’s coastal areas.