ICG held 26 ops to nab rogue boats since 26/11
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 18:58
New Delhi: In the last two years after the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, the Indian Coast Guard has carried out 26 operations in coordination with other maritime security agencies on basis of intelligence inputs provided to thwart any such assault from the sea route.

On basis of information provided by intelligence agencies, the Coast Guard carried out 26 operations in the last 22 months to nab "rogue" boats and trawlers with terrorists but no one has been so far apprehended, Defence Ministry sources said here.

During the same period, the Coast Guard along with other sea-faring agencies such as the Navy, Customs, Fisheries Department and the marine police have carried out 28 exercises to expand their vigil and enhance cooperation in preventing any such attacks in future, they added.

After the attacks, the sources said, Coast Guard has been organising a similar exercise every month to enhance the co-ordination between all the stake-holders in maintaining sea security.

The force is using its aerial assets including the Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft, choppers and around 20 ships to keep an eye on the Indian territorial waters for such elements at any given time, they added.

After the attacks, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had sanctioned 40 ships, 20 boats and 42 aircraft in February last year.

For an effective surveillance, the government has also sanctioned a coast guard plan to deploy radars, cameras and sensors atop all light-houses in coastal areas to detect and identify ships close to shores in a two-phased project.

In the first phase, 46 such stations would be established at a cost of Rs 350 crore by the end of 2011 and the inputs gathered by the network would be shared with all the agencies concerned on a real-time basis, the sources said.

Another 56 such stations are planned to be established in the second phase of the project.

Recently the force commissioned a Coast Guard Station at Murud Janjira on September 30, which will help it to plug the gap between Goa and Mumbai as earlier there was no such station along the important sea route between the two stations.


First Published: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 18:58

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