C. Jaishankar

Security along coast to be stepped up

Watch towers to be set up

RAMANATHAPURAM: In an effort to plug loopholes in coastal security and beef up security arrangement, particularly along the Adam's Bridge, Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait, the Coast Guard plans to have a broader understanding with the Coastal Security Group (CSG) of the State marine police.

Additional Director-General of Police, Coastal Security Group, Lallawm Sanga, and Inspector-General A. Rajasekhar, Commander, Coast Guard, Region East, have held a round of discussion to chart out a plan of joint action.

As a sequel to it, the ADGP is currently on a two-day visit to the coastal areas of the district and seafront to take stock of the situation to identify places to establish watch towers, similar to the Navy's observation posts functioning in remote coastal places.

Speaking to The Hindu on Thursday, Commander D.S. Saini, Commandant, Coast Guard Station, said the joint mechanism would cover aspects such as identifying patrolling areas, stepping up security in vulnerable places, deciding the mode of patrolling in different places and operational areas of Coast Guard and CSG and sharing intelligence. A field visit to the operational areas with the ADGP would be undertaken on Saturday.