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Radars could have helped detect ship

Little seems to have changed after the 26/11 attacks. With MT Pavit reaching the Mumbai shores completely undetected on Sunday morning, the security of the coastline has once again come under scrutiny.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2011 00:59 IST
Bhavika Jain

Little seems to have changed after the 26/11 attacks. With MT Pavit reaching the Mumbai shores completely undetected on Sunday morning, the security of the coastline has once again come under scrutiny.

Sources claimed that if the central government had expedited its plan of modernising the coastal security by installing radars, Pavit could have been intercepted.

The measures to increase the security of the coastline were chalked out by a national-level committee after the 26/11 attacks.

Apart from policing and patrolling measures, a network of radars along the coast was proposed to ensure that unmanned vessels or straying ships could be detected easily and intercepted to check potential threat to the city or coast.

According to officials from the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS), the vessel was drifting at the speed of 2 nautical miles per hour and no agency could detect it. "Even other vessels passing by MT Pavit didn't inform us about an unlighted vessel in the waters," said Satish Agnihotri, DG Shipping. "We are looking at increasing surveillance and will be asking the government to expedite the installation of radars of the coast," he added.

Agnihotri said the DGS was conducting an inquiry that would look at which security agency- the India Navy, the Coast Guards and the coastal police - failed to detect the vessel.

The owners and insurers of ship have come forward to carry out the salvage operations. "We want the operations to be carried out cautiously as there is oil reserve in the ship," said a senior officer of the DGS.

Official said that by next monsoons, the DGS would procure three emergency towing vessels. It currently has only one.