GPS In All Bengal Trawlers Is Mandatory

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Kolkata: To keep track of the fishing trawlers in order to prevent disasters as well as help them if faced with a disaster, the Bengal Government has decided to fit all trawlers with GPS devices. A controlling station being built in Kakdwip would be in touch with all the trawlers.

The wireless sets that current trawlers carry have a maximum range of 20 km whereas a GPS device has a range of 100 km.

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Another decision that the government has taken is that it will make sure that all trawlers carry adequate life jackets. The government will also make sure, before a trawler makes it to the sea, that it is seaworthy in all respects. If required, training will be given to the trawler navigators.