The security situation along the West coast, including Karnataka, is fragile. There is a need to strengthen maritime security, Inspector-General S.P.S. Basra, Commander, Indian Coast Guards Region (West), has said.
Talking to presspersons after a ceremony to commission two Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs) at Panambur here on Monday, Mr. Basra said that recent terrorist activities in the country have kept the Coast Guards on its toes.
“The security situation is fragile,” Mr. Basra said and added that there was a need for better coordination and response from the security agencies for information on groups indulging in antinational activities along the coast.
Mr. Basra asked the State government to expedite the process of handing over land in Karwar that would help berth the two Air Cushion Vehicles and an Offshore vessel, which the Coast Guard wants to deploy along the Karnataka coastline. Mr. Basra said that a case was pending in the Karnataka High Court in relation to 35 acres of land in Bajpe where there is a plan to build an airbase and station two Dornier aircraft for air surveillance.
Governor Vajubhai Vala on Monday commissioned two ACVs of Indian Coast Guards at Panambur here.
Mr. Vala said that these vessels will help in guarding the Indian coastline against infiltration from sea.