22 Aug 2012

Plan to Beef up Coastal Security

The Government is implementing the Coastal Security Scheme in two Phases. The implementation of the Coastal Security Scheme Phase – I which provides for 73 Police Stations, 97 Check Posts, 58 Out Posts, 30 Barracks, 204 boats, 153 Jeeps and 312 Motorcycles has been completed on 31.03.2011. 
The coastal States/UTs carried out a vulnerability/gap analysis in consultation with the Coast Guard to firm up their additional requirements for formulation of Coastal Security Scheme Phase –II to further strengthen Coastal Security. Consequently, the Government approved the Coastal Security Scheme Phase-II, which is under implementation for five years with effect from 1st April, 2011, with the provision of 131 Police
Stations and 60 jetties equipped with 225 boats, 131 four wheelers and 242 two wheelers. 
As per available information, there is no proposal to increase the area under ‘no-fishing zone’ around vital installations. 
This was stated by Shri Mullappally Ramachandran, Minister of State of Home Affairs in written reply to a question by Dr. V.Maitreyan in the Rajya Sabha today. 

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