Govt to set up more lighthouses to tighten coastline security
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 08, 2010, 22:33
New Delhi: Learning from the Mumbai terrorist attacks two years back, the government on Wednesday said it aims to set up a lighthouse at an interval of 30 nautical miles all along Indian coastlines by 2017.

The Ministry of Shipping is also establishing an Automatic Identification System (AIS) for tracking vessels up to 25 nautical miles from the Indian coasts, an official release said. One nautical mile is equal to 1.85 kilometres.

Minister of Shipping G K Vasan informed a Parliamentary Consultative Committee that the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) has set up a chain of GPS systems at lighthouses.

Quoting the minister, the release said the ultimate objective of the directorate is "to provide a lighthouse at an interval of 30 nautical miles all along Indian coastlines and islands of India by 2017".

The Directorate is also implementing Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) for the Gulf of Kachchh which is in final stages of completion.

"The partial trial run of the system has started from Kandla Master Control Centre," the release said.

The DGLL is also setting up a Navtex chain which will help in broadcasting weather and safety related information to mariners during natural disturbances.

The committee was also informed that the total light dues collected on monthly basis from ships arriving or departing from ports was estimated at Rs 170 crore fore the current year.


First Published: Wednesday, December 08, 2010, 22:33

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