In order to police the sensitive Konkan region, the Indian Coast Guard will start three new stations in the region, stated to come up in Dahanu, Murud and Ratnagiri. The stations will help watch over the length of the western coastline.
The Coast Guard has recently commissioned a station at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh.
"We will start working on these stations in the next annual plan and are intent on commissioning them as early as possible," Director General Vice-Admiral R.F Contractor said.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the Seventh Indo-Japan Coast Guard 'Sahyog Kaijin 2006' exercises off the Mumbai coast.
Such exercises have been initiated regularly since 1999, when the MV Alondra Rainbow, a pirated Japanese Merchant was apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard in 1999.
Moreover, the Coast Guard will also get additional ships like dedicated pollution control vehicles, patrol vehicles, helicopters and aircrafts.
"The government is sympathetic towards giving us more men and resources," he added.
The Coast Guard has helped unearth narcotics smuggling of Rs 200 crores in the year 2006. Much of this was done in association with agencies like the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
The state government's newly formed Marine Police was also being trained by the Coast Guard to respond control nefarious activities.
Contractor said though six such exercises with the Japanese Coast Guard had been held in the past, this one was different from the earlier ones as it involved a larger number of ships.
Such exercises also helped imbibe new philosophies of operations and enabled the personnel of both the services to tackle situations like oil slicks and terrorism.
Speaking to reporters, Hiroki Ishikawa, Commandant of the Japanese Coast Guard said that the exercise was of immense importance as it would help in information sharing and deepening of relations.
This would also help the two coast guards deal with situations like oil slicks, drug smuggling and terrorism. The exercises will be held next year in Japan, he added.