Small Boats Pose Security Threat: CG
Acknowledging the possibility of a 26/11-type terror attack, Coast Guard Director General Anurag G Thapliyal on Friday warned that small fishing boats that do not have an automated identification system still posed a threat to the nation’s coastal security, despite a 75 per cent increase in surveillance of the 7,500-km coastline.
At his annual Coast Guard Day-eve press conference here, the Director General also noted that the force was making efforts to plug existing gaps in the coastal security network that the government ordered to be put in place following the Mumbai attacks of November 2008.
“The (coastal security) efforts are ongoing, but one cannot rule out the possibility (of 26/11-type attacks). You know the terrorist is always trying to find some out-of-the-box idea.
“But, we are quite sure that we have been able to mount surveillance in our areas very well. There are still some gaps, but we hope to fill them with the Coastal Security Network-II,” he said.
He was replying to a question if the Mumbai terror strike, in which 10 armed Pakistani terrorists had gone on a killing spree in the megalopolis after sneaking in through the Arabian sea, using dinghies, (small boats) were still a possibility.
The Director General noted that the security forces had increased the surveillance of coastal areas by 75 per cent since the 26/11 strike, by way of surface patrol vessels, aircraft and helicopter surveillance flights over the 2 million square kilometres of Exclusive Economic Zone.
The Coast Guard, the Director General, had completed the first phase of the Coastal Security Network through a radar chain at a cost of `600 crore and in the second phase, it would spend another `650 crore to have more radar coverage to make the system gap-free.