Need to safeguard India’s coastline from external threats, says Rajnath
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.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh (right) with CM Devendra ■ Fadnavis during a meeting on 'coastal security' in Mumbai.