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Security check: PC wants projects to meet deadlines

Union home minister P Chidambaram asked manufacturers of interceptor boats to guard India’s coastline and public works companies tasked to complete road building, fencing and floodlighting projects along the Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-China borders to stick to their timelines.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2009 02:14 IST

In a move aimed at shoring up security along India’s border, Union home minister P Chidambaram on Thursday asked manufacturers of interceptor boats to guard India’s coastline and public works companies tasked to complete road building, fencing and floodlighting projects along the Indo-Bangladesh and Indo-China borders to stick to their timelines.

The instructions came at two meetings. At the first, he reviewed the progress in manufacture of high-speed interceptor boats. The second meeting was convened to review issues relating to fencing, road construction, floodlighting, construction of Border Out-Posts etc. along international borders particularly the borders with Bangladesh and China.

“The home minister emphasized not only the need for timely completion of all projects but also the need for ensuring quality and an effective system of external audit/third party inspections,” a home ministry spokesman said.

At a meeting with chiefs of Goa Shipyard Limited and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata, Chidambaram took stock of the progress being made in the manufacture of the boats, which are being made with the technological help of a Greek ship building company, and their timely delivery.

Thirteen interceptor boats have been dispatched to States and UTs, including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Goa, Lakshadweep and others.

“Chidambaram underlined the need to ensure that there are no slippages in time-lines,” a home ministry statement said. The minister told the companies to immediately dispatch another six boats completed recently.

The Home Ministry had given orders to the two companies to manufacture 194 high speed boats.