Coast Guard Station in UT to Operate Detachment Flights from Lawspet
By Express News Service | Published: 03rd February 2014 09:38 AM |
The Indian Coast Guard Station here will soon operate ‘detachment flights’ from the air strip at the Lawspet air port, Commandant N Somasundaram of the Indian Coast Guard Station said here.
Initially, Dornier aircraft and Chetak helicopters will be made to station here as part of ICG’s efforts for augmenting maritime safety and security towards which it was looking at force levels, he said.
Explaining, Somasundaram said now the flights are operated from Chennai and it goes all the way to Pak Bay and then reaches the task area on the Puducherry and Karaikal coasts.
If a Dornier aircraft (which can operate 6 hours without refueling) takes off from Chennai, it will take two hours to reach the task area near Puducherry and Karaikal coasts. But when the aircraft is operated from the air station here, it will reduce the transit time and increase the task time, so that more time could be devoted for surveillance, he added.
The commandant said the ICG had already taken over the 8,000 square meter of land inside the Puducherry airport for its air station from the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
The station would help Coast Guard undertake surveillance along the Puducherry and Karaikal coasts more effectively.
The efforts of Eastern Coast Guard have resulted in saving 198 lives at sea and apprehening 59 foreign boats with 323 crew. It also repatriated 391 crew and 38 boats of foreign origin in the last one year.
Somasundaram also informed that the Indian Coast Guard station at Puducherry will be upgraded into district headquarters shortly.
He added that the two hovercraft to be stationed permanently on the beach near the new light house will also be brought here within a couple o f months. Meanwhile, Coast Guard’s 38th Raising Day celebration was held at Ashok Pondicherry here on Saturday evening. Lieutenant Governor Virendra Kataria, Union Minster of State for PMO, V Narayanasamy and Chief Minister N Rangasamy participated in the function, in which the winners of painting and quiz competitions were presented with prizes.