Loopholes were found in a security exercise carried out to check India’s preparedness in the event of a 26/11-type terror attack.
Navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma said on Wednesday that ‘assailants’ were able to slip past the security cordon during maritime exercises simulating the 26/1-type attacks.
Addressing his customary press conference ahead of Navy Day on December 4, Admiral Verma said the loopholes were being plugged.
India’s maritime stakeholders have carried out more than 10 joint exercises over the last one year. They also launched nine operations based on intelligence inputs.
As many as 15 organisations are involved in coastal security — ranging from Navy, Coast Guard, Ministry of Shipping, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, coastal police to Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries).
He said, “We have brought all the stakeholders together.” Navy was named as the sole authority responsible for maritime security to get rid of problems of coordination after 26/11.
But there has been no progress in setting up of the Maritime Security Advisory Board for coordination among the multiple agencies.