Pallel to Moreh along NH-102 in Manipur gets highway patrol vehicles

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Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh on Wednesday flagged off five GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles for the Pallel to Moreh stretch of National Highway-102 that  leads to Myanmar.

The patrol vehicles will ply in Tengnoupal district, covering a stretch of 60 km.

The state police force has already flagged off six GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles to cover Kangpokpi and Senapati stretch of the highway from Mao to Kanglatongbi. The next preparation is to launch similar patrol vehicles along the Imphal-Jiribam highway, Biren said.

Being the gateway to South East Asian countries and given the massive trade which are happening via this highway, the government will ensure that all necessary measures are taken up to secure the highway, he added.

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He lauded chief secretary, director general of police and the entire police force for their effort in providing security to the public especially along the highways.

The highway patrol vehicles have been quite effective. They have been able to check miscreants trying to harm drivers and truckers and other distress calls along the Kangpokpi -Senapati highway stretch, he said.

With these patrol vehicles, the police can now provide assistance to any truck or driver stranded along the highways, he said adding that the patrol vehicles along the Kangpokpi-Senapati stretch of the highway can be reached through mobile number 9612700785 and those along Tengnoupal-Moreh stretch on 8794427656.

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The dedicated highway patrol for the national highways in the state has been a dream of the government for long and that recruitment for setting up of 10th and 11th IRB were conducted for the purpose of launching a highway protection force. Once the results of the recruitments are declared they will be utilised for the same,  the chief minister said.

DGP P. Doungel said since the launching of the GPS enabled highway patrol vehicles along the Mao-Imphal highway, crime rates have been scaled down and these dedicated patrol vehicles can now act on any distress call along the highway round the clock. “We are targeting to provide the same benefits to the Pallel to Moreh highway as this is another important lifeline of the state. We want to secure the highway also, not only from the underground and other anti-social elements, but also assist people who are stranded,” he said. At the same time these patrol vehicles will provide support in surprise checks against illegal drug trafficking and other security operations along the route, he added.

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Transport minister Khashim Vashum, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, top civil and police officials also attended the flagging off ceremony among others.

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