The Minister of State for Defense, M M Pallam Raju, revealed that India has augmented its efforts to fortify coastal security systems by increasing monitoring and surveillance operations. Consequent to 26/11, many procedures have been set up.
This was informed by the Minister to the press reporters on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Bangalore Terriers or the 106 Infantry battalion of the Territorial Army.
He stated that the Indian Navy was the central point for coordination of coastal security along with the marine police stations of the states and the coastguard and they would be actively involved in providing coastal security. The Automatic identification and surveillance and monitoring of small boats and vessels were also being toughened up. Once all this was operational, it would assist in boosting the surveillance range and also the amount of area that is being monitored. India is utilizing both global practices and native or locally developed technology. The Minister also divulged that coastal states have been encouraged to go in for Marine police stations and patrol boats which would be useful in building a stronger and robust coastal surveillance and protection.