Joint maritime security exercise along Odisha coast on Feb 24

Bhubaneswar: A joint maritime security exercise would be held along the coast in Odisha, one of the most vulnerable states in India from the maritime security point of view on account of its vast coastline, on February 24.

This was discussed at a high level meeting presided over by Principal Secretary, state Home department, Asit Tripathy at the State Secretariat here today.

“Odisha is a coastal state with a 480-km of coastline. Considering this, we will have to remain completely prepared to counter any threat. Keeping this in view, marine security exercises are conducted along the state coast twice a year in which the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Police, Customs, various departments of the state government undergo an exercise to foil the attempts of the enemy elements, who usually target vital installations,” Tripathy told media persons after the meeting.

Stating that the exercise held last year was very successful, Tripathy said the meeting was held to discuss how to conduct the first exercise of this year in a realistic manner and implement the mode and outcome of the exercise in the state.

“We are going to conduct in Odisha which has a 480-km coastline. In the exercise, we will involve all State and Central agencies to get the best results for the sake of the security of our country,” Sanjeeb Diwan, DIG, Indian Coast Guard, told media persons after the meeting.

Nearly 18,000-20,000 boats ferry along the state coast every year. To keep a vigil on the movement of these boats, the state has 18 marine police stations. However, out of 15 boats provided by the Centre to these police stations, 13 are in a working condition.

Besides, the two radars at Paradip and Gopalpur have an optimum surveillance of 45 nautical miles. The state government has planned to set up another radar in Balasore.