Gandhinagar: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG)
is planning to have 42 stations across the 7,500-km-long
coastline for effective monitoring of maritime borderline, its
Director General and vice-admiral Anil Chopra, said on Wednesday.
"The ICG is expanding and consolidating its coast-level,
manpower, infrastructure and pursuing urgent enhancement of
its surveillance capabilities," Chopra told mediapersons after
inauguration of the 4th ICG North West regional headquarters.
"India has a 7,500-km-long coastline and to secure it, we
will have 42 coast guard stations all round the coast with
adequate ships and boats," Chopra said.
"Many projects have been sanctioned by the government and
are in the process of being implemented. This will take time
as both building ships and recruiting and training manpower is
a long process," he added.
The regional headquarter (north-west), which is the first
after establishment of ICG in 1978, was inaugurated by the
Gujarat Governor Dr Kamla. The other regional headquarters
are located in Mumbai, Chennai and Port Blair.
Regarding regional headquarters, Chopra said it was a
very important step of the ICG as Gujarat was a frontline
state with large number of off-shore assets.