Third Coast Guard Station coming up in State

Rajulapudi Srinivas
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It will be inaugurated at Krishnapatnam Port on December 1

Coastal security: The Coast Guard Station building under construction at Krishnapatnam Port, Nellore. — Photo by arrangement
Coastal security: The Coast Guard Station building under construction at Krishnapatnam Port, Nellore. — Photo by arrangement

To step up vigil along the coast in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district, the State and Central government have decided to set up a Coast Guard Station and two more marine police stations in the district soon.

The Coast Guard Station, which is the third in State, will be inaugurated on December 1 at Krishnapatnam Port. The new station will be important for the Coast Guards as it is located between Kakinada and Chennai ports to man security on the sea at SHAR and Krishnaptnam Port Company Limited (KPCL) and other vulnerable places on the sea.

The new station will function under the control of an Assistant Commandant and two cruises will do patrolling on sea, say officials.

After November 26/11 Mumbai attacks three years ago in which the terrorists entered the country through sea route and created bloodshed, the State and Central governments have decided to increase surveillance along the sea coast and tighten security at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota and the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the district.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), State and Central Intelligence, Coast Guard, district police and the SHAR authorities reviewed security on the coast several times after the 26/11 terrorist attacks.

The district police had inaugurated the marine police station at Dhugarajupatnam, a fishermen village, in April 2009.

Recently, the marine police station was shifted to Krishnapatnam Port for better functioning. About 25 personnel, three boats including two 12-tonne ones, life jackets and emergency lighting system were attached to the marine police, which would cover more than 100 km on the shore and 12 nautical miles in the sea.

Speaking to The Hindu, Superintendent of Police B.V. Ramana Kumar said the Krishnapatnam Port authorities had allocated land for the Coast Guard station on berth No.1 and the building construction had been completed. The district administration had allotted site for marine police stations at Iskapalli and Nawabpeta (near Sriharikota). The police submitted a proposal to appoint 91 Special Police Officers (SPOs) in the coastal villages . The police would appoint the local fishermen as SPOs and pay honorarium to them.



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