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Updated: December 16, 2009 19:06 IST

Major cities, iconic installations on terrorist crosshairs: Govt

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LINE OF FIRE: Naval personnal at a rehearsal at Gateway of India in Mumbai. The Home Ministry is raising a comprehensive anti-terrorism infrastructure in the country. File photo
PTI LINE OF FIRE: Naval personnal at a rehearsal at Gateway of India in Mumbai. The Home Ministry is raising a comprehensive anti-terrorism infrastructure in the country. File photo

Country’s major cities and iconic installations continue to remain target of terrorists, the government today said.

“As per available inputs, some of the major cities including Hyderabad and iconic installations are on the terrorists’ targets,” Minister of State (MoS) for Home, Ajay Maken told the Lok Sabha.

Maken also said the anti-terror unit of Andhra Pradesh; OCTOPUS will have full strength in an year’s time.

“As per available inputs, the Andhra Pradesh government has created an organisation called Organisation for Counter Terrorist Operation (OCTOPUS), to combat the terror menace, with a strength of 1,590 executive personnel. The OCTOPUS at present has of 390 executive personnel,” he said.

Personnel need to be selected and trained for commando operations and it is expected that the OCTOPUS will have full strength in about a year’s time, Mr. Maken said.

In an another reply, MoS for Home M Ramachandran said the Union Home Ministry has approved a five-year outlay for coastal security to the tune of Rs 400 crore for non-recurring expenditure and Rs 151 crore for recurring expenditure.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs is implementing a comprehensive coastal security scheme, which is supplemental in nature. Under the scheme, assistance is being provided to nine the coastal States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal and four coastal Union Territories Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar islands,” Mr. Ramachandran said.

He also said that 73 coastal police stations, 97 check posts, 50 outposts and 30 operational barracks would be set up and added that 204 patrol boats, 153 jeeps and 312 motorcycles would be used for patrolling along and off the coastal belt.

An assistance of Rs 10 lakh per police station has also been approved, Mr. Ramachandran said.

The critical coastal radar surveillance network is being established by the Coast Guard on lighthouses. As approved by the government, 46 stations have been identified for installation of radars along the coast, he added.

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