New Delhi: To boost coastal security, A surveillance system, called Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN), comprising chain of static sensors having radars, Automatic Identification System (AIS), day/night cameras and Met sensors at 46 locations along the coastline and islands has been established by the Indian Coast Guard.
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is giving emphasis on surveillance, intelligence gathering and information sharing amongst the various stakeholders to ensure an effective response to any emerging situation.
Earlier, With the objective of strengthening coastal security, the Government ogave go-ahead signal for installation of 38 more coastal radar surveillance stations worth over `800 crore. At present, 46 radar stations are already functional. The need for such coastal stations arose after Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 when terrorists sneaked into the city through the sea route.
While 46 stations were made operational in the first phase, the approval for second phase of stations was given by Defence Acquisition Council(DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar here. The public sector Bharat Electronics Limited(BEL), which undertook the construction in the first phase costing nearly `700 crore, will be lead agency for the second phase too.
The Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) for Commander of Coast Guard West region, Varun Augustya told the Free Press Journal that a chain of radar stations have been recently installed at various locations in co-ordination with Bharat Electronics Limited and Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL).
“The equipments located at these radar stations provide information regarding vessels transiting through an area including automatic identification of vessels (when fitted with AIS) so that monitoring of maritime traffic close to coast can be undertaken,” added Augustya.
In order to achieve near gap-free surveillance of the entire coastline, 38 additional radar stations and 08 Mobile Surveillance Systems apart from VTMS connectivity at Gulf of Kutch and Gulf of Khambat, have been installed under CSN phase-II.