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Puducherry's 'Singham' on Beach Road is now helping tourists!

13 Jun 2018 | By Pallabi Chatterjee
Puducherry has its own Singham. Check out

On Sunday, Puducherry LG Kiran Bedi inaugurated a tourist kiosk on Beach road. Sounds like any regular news?

But what if the kiosk was a constable, and that too, not a flesh-and-blood cop, but one with an internal circuit?

That's right!

The kiosk is a robocop, 'constable' Singham (meaning Lion), who'd reply to tourist queries, that too in Tamil, English, French and Hindi.

In context: Puducherry has its own Singham. Check out

13 Jun 2018Puducherry's 'Singham' on Beach Road is now helping tourists!

DetailsHe would guide you to nearest hospital, police station

Singham would be able to guide one to the nearest police station, hospitals, tourist spots, available transport services and other facilities.

A CCTV camera has been installed inside the robocop, which also has an interactive booth attached with a microphone, to help the public communicate with the cops posted at the Tourist Police Station.

For now, 'he' would interact only in English, said officials.

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Bedi, while inaugurating, applauded the shift to artificial intelligence

ContextBedi, while inaugurating, applauded the shift to artificial intelligence

Designed by Puducherry-based sculptor V. K Munissamy, Singham's touch-screen monitor and computer were funded by private companies.

The software that would run the robocop was built by MCA students of Pondicherry University.

Bedi, a retired Indian Police Service officer, applauded the shift from human intelligence to artificial intelligence, at the inaugural function.

"Police should keep themselves abreast of the latest technological developments," she emphasized.

OthersSingham dons headgear of 'Tourist Police' wing, not usual red

Puducherry government had launched a special police force called 'Tourist Police' wing in January this year.

They wear distinctive blue-colored headgears and don blue badges bearing police emblem.

Singham also wears the same gear.

They would specifically cater to tourists, DGP SK Gautam had said.

Normally, Puducherry Police wear red caps, a tradition that has been maintained since French rule.

TripsHere's a quick guide if you're planning to visit Puducherry

Puducherry, an extremely popular tourist destination, is known for its colonial influence and pristine beaches.

The Union-Territory was awarded the Best Destination for Relaxation in India by Australia-based Lonely Planet, the largest travel guidebook publisher in the world.

The best time to visit the UT during October-February, when the temperature remains a pleasant 30-32 degrees.

It has its own railway station too.