Govt to set up more lighthouses to tighten coastline security

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.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 22:33 PM IST

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.

PTI