In view of the coastal security lapse during 26/11 attack, the Indian Coast Guard has begun augmenting its off-shore strength and the force aims to have 150 ships and 100 twin-engine aircraft by 2020 in its fleet.
The 72 high-end speed boats acquired by Maharashtra Police two years after the Mumbai terror attacks are not operated to full capacity along the state's coastline for want of fuel and unattended technical snags.
Six years after the Mumbai terror attack, the state of the art Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) for coastal security was inaugurated here on Sunday by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who described it as "bold initiative" and a reply to 26/11.
Significant steps have been taken by the Indian Coast Guard for round-the-clock monitoring and patrolling of eastern and western coasts post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the Rajya Sabha was informed Wednesday.
Congress MP Shantaram Naik accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of "neglecting" coastal security in the border state and not using high-tech patrol boats provided to his government by the Centre.
A random security check on fishing vessels by Coast Guards has found that several fishing vessels were operating under a single name and licence, a fishermen`s organisation has said raising concerns over Mumbai`s coastal security.
In a bid to strengthen coastal security, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has sanctioned Rs 29.50 crore towards developing infrastructure and to purchase modern equipment for the state police force.
Defence Minister A K Antony today asked the Coast Guard to develop the fishing community living along the sea boards of the country as its "eyes and ears" for gathering intelligence for maritime security.