The 26/11 attacks jolted the government into taking action - upgrading technology and equipment to keep Mumbai safe from attacks from the sea. HT does a status check on how effective these measures are.
STRENGTH Sagar Prahari Bal, an agency dedicated to coastal security with personnel from the Navy formed. Sagar Prahari Bal and CISF personnel have undergone training at INS Chilka, a premier establishment
HOW THEY OPERATE Joint Operation Centres (West) is under flag officer commanding-in chief, Western Naval Command, and is in charge of coastal and offshore security
WHAT THEY USE UAVS: The Navy commissioned unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) squadron at Porbandar. This squadron monitors infiltration on the western coast
Naval Aircraft: At least one aircraft at each Naval air stations remains on alert to take off in four minutes
Battleship: At least one battleship stays in alert mode to respond to any situation within 30 minutes
HOW THEY OPERATE Between Sept 2012 and Sept 2013, the Coast Guard has undertaken 1,024 ship days of patrol to keep Mumbai safe. That is, at least three ships have been patrolling Mumbai’s coast every day. One ship patrols the Mumbai coastline 24x7.
19 hours of air surveillance using fixed and rotary wing aircraft carried out every day
WHAT THEY USE
The key coastal police stations under the Mumbai police – Yellow Gate, Mumbai Sagari I and Sagari II – have a staff crunch.
WHAT THEY USE The state government acquired 10 speed boats in April 2011, which were made available to the Port Zone, post 26/11. They now have a total of
total of 20 boats.
THE PROJECT ENVISAGES FITTING of high-end surveillance gadgets, electro optic sensors, communication equipment and equipment on lighthouses at 46 locations across the Indian mainland and island territories.
THE DATA GENERATED by the static sensors will be simultaneously available to the Coast Guards district, regional and the national headquarters.
THE SENSOR DATA GENERATED through this complex sensor mesh will be shared with other maritime agencies.
MAP OF MUMBAI’S 114 KM COASTLINE