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Coast Guard chief reviews readiness

Taking stock: ICG Director General Rajendra Singh (centre) meets Coast Guard officers on Sunday.

Taking stock: ICG Director General Rajendra Singh (centre) meets Coast Guard officers on Sunday.  

On two-day visit, Director General briefed about security mechanisms

The Director General of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was in Mumbai on Sunday to review the force’s operational preparedness and coastal security mechanism of the western seafront.

ICG Director General Rajendra Singh, who is on a two-day visit to the city, was briefed about the Coast Guard’s preparedness to tackle maritime emergencies such as marine oil spills, grounding of ships and cyclones. Mr. Singh was also briefed about the ICG’s role in the immersion of Ganesh idols along the coast of Mumbai.

The Coast Guard has been deploying hovercraft, helicopters and interceptor boats for search and rescue operations at various immersion points in the city and suburbs for Ganesh Chaturthi.

“The visit was aimed at bolstering ties with all stakeholders of the coastal security mechanism of Maharashtra. The Director General was specifically briefed about the coastal security mechanism and preparedness of Coast Guard Region (West) to tackle maritime emergencies,” an ICG spokesperson said.

An insight into the region’s efforts during the recent flood relief operation by the Coast Guard team in Kerala was also presented to the Flag Officer, and Mr. Singh lauded the Coast Guard for its stellar role in the relief work. The Coast Guard played a crucial role in rescue efforts and in transporting relief material to the flood-hit State.

The Director General also interacted with officers and sailors. Mr. Singh expressed his satisfaction with the preparedness at Headquarters Region, but reiterated the need to be vigilant to thwart attempts by anti-national elements to breach coastal security. He expressed satisfaction at the prompt response by ICG ships and aircraft to numerous search and rescue operations and medical evacuations at sea, including assistance to fishermen in distress.

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