Coastal se­cu­rity net­work must en­sure zero tol­er­ance to ter­ror: De­fence Min­is­ter Par­rikar


The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar in­au­gu­rated the In­dian Navy and Coast Guard’s joint op­er­a­tions fa­cil­ity, called the In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment and Anal­y­sis Cen­tre (IMAC) at Gur­gaon on Novem­ber 23. Set up to pro­vide coastal se­cu­rity and to avert tragic in­ci­dents like the 26/11 ter­ror at­tack on Mumbai, the IMAC is the nodal cen­tre of the Na­tional Com­mand Con­trol Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­tel­li­gence Net­work (NC3I Net­work), and is a joint ini­tia­tive of the In­dian Navy, Coast Guard and Bharat Elec­tron­ics Ltd to im­prove coastal surveil­lance.

De­scrib­ing it as ‘a bold ini­tia­tive’ and ‘a re­ply of this great na­tion to the Mumbai at­tack,’ Par­rikar was can­did to ad­mit that the surveil­lance net­work has still some gaps which need to be plugged. He said this is an enor­mous task con­sid­er­ing the fact that there are about two-three lakh fish­ing boats op­er­at­ing in our coast­lines and the ac­tive co­op­er­a­tion of the state gov­ern­ments is re­quired to achieve one hun­dred per cent suc­cess. He also called for a change in mind­set to cor­re­late the data that would be avail­able through the mas­sive surveil­lance net­work to en­sure ‘zero tol­er­ance to er­ror’.

Par­rikar said, be­sides coastal se­cu­rity, we have to pro­tect our in­ter­ests in the ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone (EEZ).

Par­rikar said some of our neigh­bours are try­ing to get their navies in the In­dian Ocean and our Navy must be watchful of their ac­tiv­i­ties. “We do not want to be of­fen­sive but we must be strong enough to de­ter our en­e­mies from cast­ing an evil eye upon us”, he said.

The NC3I Net­work links 51 Naval and Coast Guard sta­tions, lo­cated along the coast and on is­land ter­ri­to­ries. The net­work pro­vides th­ese sta­tions coastal surveil­lance in­for­ma­tion ob­tained from var­i­ous sen­sors such as the coastal radar chain of the In­dian Coast Guard and au­to­matic track­ing sys­tems as well as elec­tro-op­ti­cal cam­eras. The en­tire NC3I Net­work has been in­te­grated by the Bharat Elec­tron­ics Limited, Ben­galuru. The project was sanc­tioned in March 12 and is presently fully func­tional. The IMAC con­struc­tion be­gan in Oc­to­ber 12 and was com­pleted in Jan­uary 2014.

The Naval Chief Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan in his open­ing ad­dress said this project will go a long way in beefing up the mar­itime surveil­lance, thereby en­hanc­ing the Na­tional Mar­itime Do­main Aware­ness Project.

De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar in­au­gu­rat­ing the Na­tional Com­mand Con­trol Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and In­tel­li­gence (NC3I) Net­work at the In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment and Anal­y­sis Cen­tre in Gur­gaon. The Min­is­ter of State for Plan­ning (In­de­pen­dent Charge) and De­fence Rao In­der­jit Singh and the Chief of Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan are also seen.

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