India: The entire Tamil Nadu coast will come under surveillance with the launch of a chain of static sensors in the next seven to 10 days, according to Inspector-General, Coast Guard (Region East), Commander Satya Prakash Sharma.
Sharma said that seven radar stations in coastal TN would be operating under two remote operative stations controlled by the remote operating centre in the Coast Guard headquarters in Chennai. The project is the first of its kind in terms of both expanse and strategic implication. “The coastguard would be able to keep a vigil on any ship in the range of 24 nautical miles (48 km), fishing boat in the range of 15-20 km and a catamaran in the range of 3-5 km,” Sharma said. The project was conceptualised by a Group of Ministers on reforming national security system post-Kargil, and was provided impetus post 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is executing the project at a cost of `601.75 crore. It would also aid in enhancing the efficiency of Search and Rescue (SAR) operation coordinated by the ICG. The sensor data generated by the Coastal Surveillance Network would also be shared with other maritime agencies to generate a comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness.
Currently, the coast of TN and Puducherry would have seven stations — Kanyakumari, Manapad, Pandian Tivu, Keelakarai, Puducherry, Kodikarai and Chennai. Sharma said this would boost coastal security.
Source: New Indian Express