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With 26/11 attacks in mind, Centre clears Rs 32K crore plan to bolster Coast Guard

New Delhi, Aug 16, 2017: The government has approved a 31,748 crore "definitive five-year action programme" for the Coast Guard, which is the defence ministry`s smallest armed force after the Army, IAF and Navy but whose role has become crucial ever since the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai in 2008.

Updated:Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 23:22

With 26/11 attacks in mind, Centre clears Rs 32K crore plan to bolster Coast Guard New Delhi, Aug 16, 2017: The government has approved a 31,748 crore "definitive five-year action programme" for the Coast Guard, which is the defence ministry`s smallest armed force after the Army, IAF and Navy but whose role has become crucial ever since the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai in 2008.

Sources said the action plan to bolster the force-levels of Coast Guard in terms of offshore patrol vessels, boats, helicopters, aircraft and critical operational infrastructure was cleared at a meeting chaired by defence secretary Sanjay Mitra earlier this month.

The aim is to make the Coast Guard a 175-ship and 110-aircraft force by 2022 to plug operational gaps and strengthen its capabilities to safeguard coastal security, island territories, offshore assets and marine environment.

India has a 7,516-km coastline, with 1,382 islands and a sprawling Exclusive Economic Zone of 2.01 million sq km, which will go up to almost 3 million sq km after delimitation of the Continental Shelf.

Source: Economic Times

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