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New ships, radars to tighten coastline security

December 20, 2008 16:21 IST

In the wake of Mumbai attacks, when terrorists used sea route to strike the city, the government today took a host of measures, including acquisition of ships, installation of radars and setting up of new coast guard stations, to strengthen security of coastal areas.

"In a high-level meeting to review the security of coastal areas, Defence Minister A K Antony cleared several proposals which will help in improving the security along our coastline," Defence Ministry officials said.

To augment Coast Guard's surveillance capabilities, the Government also approved the acquisition of hi-tech equipment.

"Defence Minister cleared the proposal for global acquisition of cutting-edge equipment and interceptor boats on a fast-track basis, so that arrangements for increasing security of Indian waters can be done as early as possible," the officials said.

Besides the Coast Guard, which have a fleet of 70 small and big vessels, was allowed to lease and hire ships from the global market, they said.

It was also decided during the meeting to set up nine coast guard stations in addition to the existing 13 for better coverage of the country's 7,500 km-long coastline.

"Government decided to set up nine more Coast Guard stations and will soon send a proposal to the Cabinet for its approval," the officials said.

In the meeting, attended by Defence Secretary Vijay Singh [Images], Director General Coast Guard Vice Admiral Anil Chopra and Director General Acquisition Shashi Kant Sharma,




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