Bhubaneswar: To protect the state`s
480-km long coastline, Orissa government on Friday decided to set
up a State Maritime Board besides training fishermen against
possible terrorist influx through sea route.
The state government`s decision in this regard was
communicated to the Centre today when Chief Secretary T K
Mishra had a video conference with Cabinet Secretary K M
Chandrasekhar, official sources said.
Mishra said that a draft for setting up a State
Maritime Board would soon be presented at the next cabinet
Orissa would be the fourth state after Gujarat,
Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu to have a maritime board, Mishra
Informing that the Coast Guard had already prepared a
standard operating procedure (SOP) for managing coastline, the
chief secretary said that the state government would soon
submit its report to the Centre in this regard.
Meanwhile, the Centre had sanctioned another coastal
police station for the state. The new coastal police station
would be set up at Gopalpur in Ganjam district, Mishra said.
This apart, a training programme for about 20,000
fishermen living along the state`s coast, was being planned,
The fishing community would be provided with a
bi-lingual identity card soon, he said.
The state government had also asked the Paradip Port
Trust (PPT) to provide one acre of land for establishment of
another coastal police station in Jagatsinghpur district.