Need to safe­guard In­dia’s coastline from ex­ter­nal threats, says Ra­j­nath

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MUMBAI: High­light­ing the eco­nomic im­pli­ca­tions of mar­itime ter­ror­ism, Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh stressed the need to safe­guard In­dia’s coastline from ex­ter­nal threats through sea routes, be­sides pro­tect­ing in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments and strate­gic in­stal­la­tions. He also an­nounced 10 coastal po­lice sta­tions to in­ves­ti­gate crimes be­yond the ter­ri­to­rial wa­ter­front, up to 200 nau­ti­cal miles.

Singh, who chaired a day-long meet­ing on coastal se­cu­rity at the state’s Sahyadri guest house on Thurs­day, said the coastline has been se­cured by the cre­ation of a chain of static sen­sors and Au­to­matic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem

re­ceivers along the coast. Home min­is­ters and chief sec­re­taries and the po­lice chiefs of nine coastal states par­tic­i­pated in the re­view meet­ing. Singh said radars are be­ing op­er­ated by the In­dian Coast Guard at 45 lo­ca­tions and 38

more radars have been planned for gap­less sur­veil­lance of the coastline. He also said his min­istry has is­sued guide­lines to the coastal states and the union ter­ri­to­ries to se­cure mi­nor ports.

PTI

Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh (right) with CM Deven­dra ■ Fad­navis dur­ing a meet­ing on 'coastal se­cu­rity' in Mumbai.

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