227 coastal police stations to come up
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 21:04
  
New Delhi: In a bid to improve the coastal security, the Government is planning to set up 227 Coastal Police Stations in two phases in the nine states along the over 7,500 km long shoreline of the country.

"There are a large number of them (Coastal Police Stations) already and the Coast Guard was asked to interact with the states and suggest more if they were required. In the phase two of this, another 131 of these stations will come up," Coast Guard Chief Vice Admiral Anil Chopra said.

In the first phase, the government has already sanctioned setting up of 96 such stations.

The local police has been made responsible for patrolling the shallow waters utilising the boats hired by the Union Home Ministry, Chopra told reporters here today. Coastal security is the one of the top priorities of the security agencies after 26/11 attacks during which terrorists came to Mumbai via sea route.

"Each of these police stations will have a certain number of boats and vehicles and the ability to patrol close to the shore and the shallow waters, by using all terrain vehicles and cars where roads are available," Chopra said.

He said there was a proposal to build roads along the entire coastline so that the local police and sea-guarding agencies can "quickly go up and down and patrol the area."

Chopra said a national committee has been set up under the Chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary to look into the setting up of these stations.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 21:04


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