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State Seeks Security HQ

Odisha Government has approached Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to establish Coastal Security Headquarters in Capital City of the State for close monitoring of activities of Marine Police Stations and Movements of Boats in the Coastal Areas of the State.


ACS Home Asit Tripathy has sent the proposal to Union Secretary Home Affairs in this regard, said sources in Department of Home(DoH).

MHA is needed to make provision for Coastal Security Headquarters in Bhubaneswar with Modern Control Room to monitor movements of boats in coastal areas including boats of Marine Police Stations by using GPS Technology and Modern Communication Facilities, urged Mr.Tripathy.

In order to strengthen Coastal Security System in Odisha, State Government has also requested the Union Government to sanction new Marine Police Stations for the State having 480 Kilometer long Coastline.

There is a critical gap in the coastline in the district of Balasore and Puri, said sources.

Critical gap exists between Balaramgadi Marine Police station in Balasore and Arakhakuda Marine Police Station of Puri.

Hence it is required to establish two Marine Police Stations one each in Balasore and Puri to cover the critical gap, pointed out a senior official.

Similarly there are no exclusive jetties for Marine Police in State of Odisha, pointed out the State Government in its proposal.

There is need for construction of three jetties at Bhusandeswar in Balasore, Sipasarubali in Puri and Maluda in Khurda Districts.

Funds to the tune of Rs.4 Crore are required for setting up of jetties, so that movement of boats will be smoother, pointed out the official.

Boats available for Marine Police Stations are not seaworthy due to tidal sea conditions of Odisha Coast, officials admit.

Since Bay of Bengal is tide prone and rough, during most of the times in the year, the available boats are not capable of facing the tide and entering the sea.

Mostly operations are being done when sea is calm; accordingly Government of India was requested to provide suitable boats of different size and design with capability of entering sea during adverse sea condition, said the officer.

With growing requirement of Man Power for the Marine Security System, State Government has also approached MHA for sanctioning Coastal India Reserve Battalion (CIRB) for Odisha.
 


As several other Coastal States have been sanctioned CIRBs on the lines of India Reserve battalion (IRB), Odisha needs such a battalion, admitted a senior official in DoH.

 


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