Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Home minister visits India-Pak Border in Gujarat

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday visited Coast Guard at Porbandar to review the coastal security mechanism and preparedness of security forces along the international border with Pakistan. This is the first visit by the minister to any border after he assumed office.

Coastal security assumed great significance in Indian security establishment after 26/11 attacks where terrorists had taken sea route to reach India. Since then massive massive efforts have been made to make coastal security foolproof. On his visit to the Porbandar headquarters of the coast guard, Singh was briefed about the existing coastal security arrangements, force level and joint coastal patrol mechanism being undertaken by the force.

Gujarat has a coastline of 1,600km. The Home Minister was also presented a demonstration of the features and efficacy of recently implemented network of Coastal Radar Chain along the coast of Gujarat. The minister interacted with coast guard personnel and visited coast guard offshore patrol vessel ICGS Vijit that is equipped with state-of-the-art surveillance and communication technology and modern armament.

Earlier in the day, the Singh visited Coast Guard Air Enclave at Porbandar which is responsible for air-operations in support of surface assets for protection of our vast Exclusive Economic Zone and surveillance of International Maritime Boundary Line.

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