Coast Guard to set up new regional hq in Kolkata
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 06, 2010, 20:50
New Delhi: The Coast Guard will soon establish new regional headquarters in Kolkata for securing the north-eastern coast of the country, its Director General Vice Admiral Anil Chopra said here today.

To be called the Regional Headquarters (North East), it would be the fifth regional office of the coastal security force, Chopra said addressing the Coast Guard Operational Commanders conference that concluded here.

"The proposal (to establish the regional headquarters in Kolkata) is under the consideration of government," he said.

The existing regional headquarters are in Gandhinagar (North West), Mumbai (West), Chennai (East) and Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), besides the national headquarters in New Delhi.

Chopra said the Coast Guard also proposed to set up additional stations at appropriate locations all along India's 7,500-km-long coastline.

The two-day conference also took stock of the changing maritime scenario and the operational tempo post 26/11 in order to impact and sequence the various expansion plans and derive an updated operational philosophy so as to optimise the Coast Guard operations, a Defence Ministry press release said.

At the conference, the DG highlighted the rapid progress made by the coastal security force in the preceding year with respect to ship acquisition, induction of manpower and development of infrastructure.

An Offshore Patrol Vessel and two Interceptor Boats were recently commissioned to augment the surface surveillance capabilities of the Coast Guard.

Induction of additional Dornier and Chetak aircraft, Medium Range Maritime Surveillance aircraft, and single- and twin- engine helicopters, as well as upgrading of the existing fleet of Dornier, by incorporating state-of-the-art sensors and equipment, are also in the pipeline.


First Published: Thursday, May 06, 2010, 20:50

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