Thiruvalla: The police station here has become friendly to the disabled, even as it lacks basic facilities for its officers. A new building has been built in front of the station which will function as a shelter where visitors can wait, free from the hassles at the police station. Ramps and other requirements of the differently-abled people have been arranged in the new building, which includes the washrooms, but misplaced priorities have resulted in neglecting the needs of the cops.
The new arrangements at the station have been set up spending Rs 7 lakh, even though the police officers working in the station are struggling without basic facilities. Space crunch has even forced the ASIs to occupy the room meant for the elderly people and women among the visitors.
Severe lack of infrastructure has affected both the 41 male and eight lady cops here. They neither have a restroom nor separate washrooms. The common washroom of the police station is located outside the building, causing severe inconvenience to officers. Visitors to the police station also use the washroom.
The tap in the washroom is always dry, except two days a week. The water needs of an entire week have to be managed with this small quantity. Police officers head to the washroom of Fire and Rescue Services station nearby for relieving themselves.
A plastic sheet also serves as the roof of the station and water leaks from it during every rain, often drenching whatever is kept below. The women cops take rest in an area temporarily covered with a plastic sheet.
There are now plans to make the police station child-friendly too, but the police officers, who toil round the clock, have to wait longer for even a restroom or a washroom.