Coastal security review a continuous process: Antony

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 04, 2012 18:02 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 4 (IBNS) Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday said review of the coastal security apparatus in the country, including that of Maharashtra, is a continuous process.

In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Antony said: "A three tier coastal security ring all along our coast including Maharashtra Coast is provided by Marine Police, Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy."

"Government has initiated several measures to strengthen Coastal Security, which includes improving surveillance mechanism and enhanced patrolling by following an integrated approach.

"Joint operational exercises are conducted on regular basis among Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Police, Customs and others for security of coastal areas including island territories," he said.

Further, continuous review and monitoring of various mechanisms have been established by the Government involving various agencies, including the State / Union Territory authorities, said the minister.

Antony said the intelligence mechanism has also been streamlined through the creation of Joint Operation Centers and multi- agency coordination mechanism.

"Installation of radars covering the country`s entire coastline and islands is also an essential part of this process," he said.

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