The State minister for home department, Shri Satej Patil announced on Saturday that a separate unit of Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) and a forensic laboratory are being set up in Kolhapur and a forensic laboratory will come up in Nanded too.
He said that The Govt. has given 50 acres of area for State ministry for home department account. The area demanded for battalions was 300 acres and given land will not be complete. For the developments, Constituencies including Goa, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg will contribute. The total project will cost around 77 crores.
The permission for buying of necessary equipments, wireless devices, weapons and ammo is been granted by the state government. The Kolhapur Forensic Laboratory will speedup the investigation process and help the law in great manner,
Patil said each forensic laboratory will cost around Rs10 crore in the initial phase for which budgetary provision will be made in the forthcoming state budget. The laboratory in Kolhapur will cater to Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Solapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.
“The government has asked district collectors for identifying the land for setting up the laboratories,’’ he said. Patil also said the new laboratories will speed up investigations as seeking help from forensic laboratories from Pune and Mumbai was time consuming.
He also said that 300 acres were demanded and more area should be allotted soon for the development and installation of new unit of IRB at Kolhapur.