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State will ensure coastal security, says Kodiyeri

EYE ON THE SEA: Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan (second from right)after inaugurating the coastal police station in Azhikode on Monday. Photo: K.K. Najeeb  

Terming maritime security a matter of serious concern, Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that the State has taken steps to protect its coastal belt.

Speaking after inaugurating a coastal police station at Azhikode near Kodungalloor on Monday, he said the station would help strengthen vigil along the coastal belt of Thrissur district.

“Safeguarding the coastal security has become a great challenge for the country. The State is not free from the threat. The State has taken all possible measures to ensure safety along its 600-km coastline.”

The Minister said the coastal jagratha samithy, a well-appreciated concept, was an attempt of the State government to rope in local fishing community to tackle terror threats through the sea. Though the Centre had sanctioned eight coastal police stations for the State in 2005, the work has been delayed due to some technical problems.

The other coastal police stations will be commissioned in two months. The State has requested the Centre to sanction eight more stations, the Minister said.

The police station will conduct round-the-clock sea patrolling around five nautical miles off the Kodungalloor shoreline. The patrolling will be later extended to 12 nautical miles off the shoreline extending from Kodungalloor to Puthu Ponnani.

The station, with a total strength of 67 personnel, has a watchtower with radar, two 12-tonne interceptor speedboats, a five-tonne boat, a jeep and two motorcycles.

Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran presided. K.P. Dhanapalan, MP, was the chief guest. K.V. Abdul Khader, MLA, District Collector A.T. James, District Superintendent of Police M.P. Dinesh and others also spoke on the occasion


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