Five-member team identifies 300-acre land near Gollagudem village

A five-member team, headed by Principal Secretary (Home) T.P. Das, on Monday identified 300 acres of land near Gollagudem village in Machilipatnam mandal in Krishna district for the proposed setting up of Central Marine Police Academy.

The academy, proposed by the Government of India, will facilitate an advanced training facility for marine police personnel guarding the Eastern Coast. It is meant for marine policing in four South Indian states – West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Mr. Das and his team selected the 300-acre site on the coast near Gollagudem village under Pedapatnam panchayat in Machilipatnam rural mandal.

The team comprises A.P. Marine Inspector-General of Police K. Srinivasa Reddy, Krishna district Collector M. Raghunandan Rao, Eluru Range DIG Vikram Singh Maan and Superintendent of Police J. Prabhakara Rao.

Govt. land

Of the total site, above 250 acres of land is owned by the government and it is barely 10 km away from district headquarters of Machilipatnam. “Government of India has sought a maximum of 250-acre land to set up the marine academy, for which Odisha and Tamil Nadu states are also in the fray to get the facility,” said Mr. Das. He said the six-member team, representing Government of India, which will visit the site on Tuesday, is supposed to recommend the identified site for the academy. Nevertheless, the same team is likely to confirm the project for Andhra Pradesh following their inspection of the locations in the three states including Machilipatnam in the State.

“The Government of India is also engaged in finalising another Central Marine Police Training Academy to cover West Coast as a part of the proposal to set up two central academies in the country,” said Mr. Das.

Tamil Naidu and Odisha are in the fray to get the project

Central government representatives to visit the site today

The proposed academy to provide advanced training facility for marine police personnel

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