Defence Minister reviews coastal security initiatives
The Defence Minister AK Antony recently reviewed the progress on various steps taken to enhance India’s coastal security. The Minister directed that the first phase of the coastal radar network (CRN), on both the west and east coast should be completed in the next two months and that he would himself visit some locations very soon. The CRN is an important component of the coastal security mechanism which will ensure monitoring and identification of maritime traffic.
The Minister emphasized that all the stakeholders should work with unified purpose and ensure that there are no gaps in the coastal security framework.
The delivery time schedules of supply of fast interceptor crafts, implementation of national command control communication and intelligence network and vessels and air traffic management system on the east coast was also reviewed in the meeting.
The Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma, Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma, Secretary, Department of Defence Production Shekhar Agarwal, Director General Coast Guard Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan and senior officers of Ministry of Defence, Navy and Coast Guard attended the meeting.