Union Government clears Coastal Surveillance Project
Once fully functional, the coastal surveillance project is expected to boost India’s maritime security.
The Ministry of Defence on 21 February 2017 gave its in-principle approval to set up 38 radar stations to boost surveillance of the country’s 7,517 km long coastline.
The approval for the project was given at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by the Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi.
About the Coastal Surveillance Project
• The project will be executed at a cost of Rs 800 crore by the Bengaluru-based Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).
• Apart from the 38 static radar stations, 4 mobile surveillance stations will also be set up under the project.
• These surveillance stations will be integrated with the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) in the Gulf of Kutch and Khambatt.
• These stations are in addition to 46 radar stations, which have already been set up under the Phase I of the Static Sensor Chain Project. The project seeks to set up gap-less electronic surveillance along India’s coastline.
The following are some of the recent measures undertaken by the Indian Navy to boost coastal security.
• On 3 February 2017, the Vice Admiral and Western Naval Command Chief Girish Luthra inaugurated an Integrated Under Water Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) for the Indian Navy in Mumbai.
• Indian Coast Guard Ship ICGS AYUSH was commissioned on 18 February 2017 in Kochi, Kerala. The fast patrol vessel (FPV) is fitted with state-of- the-art navigational and communication equipment including Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Machinery Control System (MCS).
• The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat Tarini was inducted on 18 February 2017.
• INSV Tarini is a sloop built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd at Divar, Goa.