ICG to open new stations, launch high-tech ships

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) today announced it would open five new Coast Guard stations across the eastern region before 2012 and commission five new high-tech ships.

Updated: Jul 08, 2010, 21:52 PM IST

Chennai: In a bid to enhance coastal
security, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) today announced it would
open five new Coast Guard stations across the eastern region
before 2012 and commission five new high-tech ships.

"We plan to open five new Coast Guard stations at
Nizampatnam and Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Golapur in
Orissa, Karaikal in Tamil Nadu and Frazerganj in West Bengal,"
Commander Coast Guard Region (East) ICG IG A Rajasekhar told
reporters.

"Land has been acquired from the respective governments
to set up the stations and construction will start soon," he
said, adding the ships are now being built at Hindustan
Shipyard Limited.

"The first of these ships `Rainabbakka` will be
commissioned in August in Chennai region," he said.

Rajasekhar was speaking after attending the bi-annual ICG
district commanders conference, conducted in February and July
at ICG Chennai headquarters to review the progress of various
units.

He said the conference reviewed the prevailing security
scenario, discussed deployment of forces and how best to
tackle likely threats and chalked out the future course of
action.

Rajasekar said in the last one year, ICG had inducted
`OPV Vishwat`, Interceptor Board-146, new Chetak helicopter CG
820 and 40-meter long berth (OSV-5).

He said 346 of the total of 788 distress alerts received
from across the country since January 10 were from the eastern
region.

"All the alerts were corroborated and 43 missions were
coordinated on authentication of the distress, which resulted
in saving 36 lives," he added.

-PTI