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Coastal surveillance off Karnataka to go seamless with two more radar stations

MANGALURU: Coastal surveillance off Karnataka coast is all set to move seamless as soon as the radar stations at Kundapur in Udupi and Belekeri in Uttara Kannada district log on. At provide, whole 320-km long beach of Karnataka is underneath surveillance with lend a hand of radar stations at Surathkal and Bhatkal and is acting as eyes of maritime and law enforcement agencies, noted DIG Surendra Singh Dasila, commander, Coast Guard, Karnataka.

Interacting with media on eve of 43rd Coast Guard Raising Day scheduled for February 1, Dasila mentioned whilst state executive has given land for putting in place radar station at Belekeri, work of putting in place station at Kundapur will probably be taken up a the light area there in conjunction with Directorate General of Lighthouses and Light Ships. “Some of the 26-odd radar stations together with the one at Surathkal too are housed atop the light area,” Dasila mentioned.

Noting that the challenges for Coast Guard District Headquarters 3 answerable for Karnataka based totally at Panambur in its given house of responsibility are various, he mentioned this ranges from safeguarding country’s maritime interest to coverage of existence and assets at sea to keeping marine environment. “We are doing this diligently with aid of various sea, land and air based totally property placed on the command of the district headquarters 3,” Dasila mentioned.

With an offshore patrol vessel (OPV), 4 fast patrol vessels, two interceptor boats, interceptor crafts and air cushion vehicle aka hovercraft every at its disposal, he mentioned district HQ is poised for drive augmentation with proposed addition of yet another OPV all over the present calendar house. This is addition to the air enclave activated at outdated airport in Bajpe with Dorniers from Daman and Kochi making common sorties for surveillance.

On the proposed hover port for the district HQ, Dasila mentioned this facility important for maintenance and operation of the air cushion vehicles could turn into operational in the next two-years. “We had been allotted 15-acres of land at Bengre for this purpose,” Dasila mentioned, including secure harbouring spots had been created each seaward aspect and alongside the Gurupur. The hover port may have capacity to house two extra ACVs as and when need for it arises, he mentioned.

The DHQ 3 property have enhanced security and safety of the state, offering humanitarian help and crisis aid all over herbal and artifical crisis, he mentioned. Efforts of Coast Guard in Karnataka all over cyclone Ochki resulted in saving 202 human lives in 2017. This maritime drive stored 209 lives in 2018 and has already stored 19 lives as on date in the present year. The drive was formally raised on February 1, 1977, Dasila added.

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