Customs gets two interceptor craft

Special Correspondent

RAMANATHAPURAM: As a part of a slew of urgent measures to enhance the coastal security in Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait, the Customs has received two interceptor craft fitted with radar.

These will be commissioned on Saturday, a day before the visit of the President Pratiba Patil to Rameswaram on December 28.

A. Anburaj, Superintendent of Customs, Mandapam told The Hindu that though the plan to purchase a number of modern patrolling boats was conceived some time ago, the Commissioner of Customs, Chennai, C. Rajan, made special efforts to send the modern craft to the field units immediately following the urgent need to improve the security in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks.

As many as 14 interceptor craft had been allotted to the field offices under the control of Tiruchi Customs Commissionerate. Considering the importance of the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait region in Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Tuticorin districts, two craft have been received in the first phase. These would be operated from Mandapam and Thondi. Mr. Anburaj said each boat would cost Rs.60 lakh. The bullet proof boats could sail at 40 nautical miles per hour. They had the facility to fit light machine gun.

The Customs offices at Rameswaram, Kilakarai, Tuticorin, Nagapattinam would get interceptor craft very shortly.

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