The government has cleared a proposal for creation of new police posts and upgrading the existing ones in southern areas of Kashmir which, according to it, are witnessing increase in militancy and law and order incidents.
The cabinet on Thursday evening gave its nod for creation of nine more police posts and up-gradation of existing seven police posts to police stations in southern areas of the Valley, a source said.
According to the proposal, police posts have been created for Chattergul, Dialgam, Verinag, Sangerwani, Newa, Berthipora, Hermain, Reshipora and Aripal, while police posts of Uttersoo, Larnoo, Kakapora, Imamsahib, Quimoh, Kund and Khrew have been upgraded to police stations.
The proposal seeks creation of police sub-divisions at Achabal, Litter, Zainpora, DH Pora and Tral.
A senior police officer told Greater Kashmir that some of these creations already existed, but without a formal notification.
When contacted, director general of police SP Vaid said: "As a police chief, I want all the unsanctioned police posts and stations to be sanctioned."
A senior official in the home department said that the government has cleared proposal for setting up new police posts and stations in South Kashmir areas only.
"The proposal of creation of new police posts and stations in the entire state is pending with the Home department for a long time, but the government has given nod for these creations only for south Kashmir for now," he said.
Following the 2016 uprising, whose epicenter was South Kashmir spread over four districts, security agencies are on tenterhooks there owing to increase in militancy and militancy-related incidents, an official said.