The Coast Guard (CG) has finally got land at Haldia and will start building a permanent jetty to berth its new assets. The Coast Guard Region (North East) now has 15 ships, including four hovercraft and five aircraft. The region plans to acquire two more large ships and a Dornier aircraft by the end of 2018-19.
“At the moment, we have a floating jetty at Haldia where the larger ships can’t be berthed. The ships will be inducted as soon as the new jetty is in place close to the hoverport in Haldia. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we also conducted the biannual coastal security exercise ‘Sagar Kavach’ with the state government and other stakeholders…We were extremely pleased with the positive approach during the exercise and the cooperation between the agencies. The Navy also pitched in with a ship and an aircraft,” K S Sheoran, IG and commander, Coast Guard Region North East, said.
“Awareness has gone up after the 2008 Mumbai attack and all agencies want to do their best. Such exercises are a learning process and show where improvements are required,” he added.
Among the participants were the state’s coastal police, customs , department of forests as well as Kolkata Port Trust. According to Sheoran, it came as a welcome surprise that all coastal police boats were operational. The exercise involved air surveillance, deep sea patrolling by larger ships and close coast patrols by interceptor boats, hovercrafts, marine police boats and those of CISF, customs and forest department.
Source: Times of India