Union Home Ministry on 16 June 2016 notified 10 coastal police stations extending their jurisdictional limits from the existing 12 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles. The notified 10 police stations share the coastline in eight States.
The new coastal police stations are proposed to maintain security up to five nautical miles from the shore.
After the 26/11 terror attacks, the Coast Guard was given responsibility to secure the territorial waters which are extending up to 12 nautical miles (about 22 kilometres) from the shore.
The extension of jurisdictional limits will allow local police while dealing with cases of smuggling and terrorism and guarding 7516-km long coastline of India.
On the other hand, Union Home Ministry also approved the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s proposal to create a Central Marine Police Force for patrolling and protecting the coastline.
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Who: Union Home Ministry
When: 16 June 2016