Water-centric policing to be introduced from Pulicat to Kolachal

The new coastal police stations sanctioned by the State government will introduce full-fledged water-centric policing to cover 1,076-km-long coastline from Pulicat to Kolachal.

All the 30 coastal police stations sanctioned will come up within a year and with special focus on Nagapattinam and Ramanathapuram. Construction work for the 30 coastal police stations are undertaken by the Tamil Nadu Police Housing Corporation. As of date, land has been identified for all stations and works are under progress.

C. Sylendra Babu, Additional Director-General of Police, Coastal Security Group, said the marine police stations once ready, would provide critical infrastructure needed for the redefined contours of coastal security. Under the police modernisation scheme, 24 All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are being procured from the market. The ATVs with agility both on sand and in shallow waters will enable easy access across coastal villages for chase and surveillance. Once procured, they will be stationed based on the strategic needs of the stations concerned, Mr. Babu said. Thirty-five police personnel were slated to man each station.

Coastal police stations had a jurisdiction over the territorial waters of 12 nautical miles (24 km) from the low tide zone. At present, in phase I, there are 12 coastal police stations primarily located in South Nagapattinam and Kanyakumari. Tamil Nadu has been a pioneer in Coastal Security long before Mumbai attacks triggered focus on sea-ward incursions, said Mr. Sylendra Babu. The concept of coastal security had its inception in the State in 1994 at the peak of the Sri Lankan conflict and over 60 check posts were set up along with a battalion along the coasts.

Twenty 19-metre interceptor boats would be inducted to the current fleet of 24 fast interceptor boats (FIBs) and 14 Gemini boats. Coastal Security Group was toying with the concept of own-jetties wherever feasible in the districts, where the coastal police stations would be located, the ADGP told The Hindu .

Nagapattinam would have five new stations at Thirumulaivaasal, Pazhayar, Poompuhar, Velankanni, and Tharangambadi; and Ramanathapuram will have six stations at Thondi, Attrangarai, Rameswaram, Keezhakarai, Pudumedan, Valinokkam. New coastal police stations are being set up at Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Chennai, Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Pudukottai, and Thanjavur.

  • Special focus will be on Ramanathapuram and Nagapattinam districts

  • 19-metre interceptor to be inducted into the fleet of fast interceptor boats