With more and more complaints being made by tourists of being harassed, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) today said that it is taking steps to establish more tourist police units in the country.
The Police Tourist Division inaugurated in 2007 take maximum efforts to provide efficient service on tourist complaints and to minimize irregularities related to tourism, SLTDA said.
Currently, there are 11 tourist Police units in the country and another 22 new tourist Police Units will be established island wide to ensure the safety of both local and foreign tourists in Sri Lanka.
However, SLTDA says finding land for the formation of these units have been challenging and as a solution the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority is planning to set up the police units using containers in a small area of land.
Four containers will be used for each unit with all the facilities required by the Police including the OIC Office, accommodation and sanitary facilities.
Setting up of one unit with furniture and accessories cost about Rs. 5 million and the pilot unit was opened at Mirissa last week under the patronage of John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Affairs, Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Ports, Naval Affairs and Southern Development and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman Kishu Gomes. (Colombo Gazette)