Rajesh B. Nair

Coastal police station in Karaikal to get patrol boat soon

PUDUCHERRY: Coastal security in Karaikal is set to get a fillip with the induction of a patrol boat in the newly-established coastal police station in Fathima Nagar, on the northern bank of the Arasalar River .

Of three patrol boats sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, a five-tonne boat will be inducted this month. The Kolkata-based company, which has been assigned the task of manufacturing the boats, has expressed its intention to deliver the five-tonne boat by the second week of June, a senior police officer told The Hindu.

The other two boats, both of 12-tonne capacity, would be delivered in phased manner.

The Ministry had sanctioned Rs. 5.44 crore for setting up the coastal police station, out of which Rs. 5 crore had been allocated for purchasing boats.

The Ministry had sanctioned 20 additional posts to strengthen manpower in the coastal station, the officer said.

Till the time of recruitment, the Coast Guard has agreed to depute three of its personnel for operating the boat along the 20-km coastline in the Karaikal region. The Police Department had sought approval of the Ministry to establish coastal police station outposts inside the newly-constructed port on the southern side and in Karaikalmedu, on the Northern side, the officer said.

The department had also sought sanction to set up check posts at vital points and a watch tower in Karaikal, he added.