Indian Coast Guard officials said that the large amount of resources are utilised to tackle marine pollution, which otherwise could have been used for rest operations.
The marine pollution increases the workload on the fleet. It needs lot of resources to clear it off, Commandant AK Saxena, station in-charge, Indian Coast Guard, told PTI on Saturday.
The clearing off sea pollution is listed in the charter of coast guard duties, Comdt Saxena said.
The increasing tasks of clearing off the marine pollution add up to the patrolling duties. When manpower is diverted towards such a task, it naturally escalates the operational costs, Comdt Saxena stated, he said.
Indian Coast Guard today as a part of their international beach cleanliness drive had taken up the assignment to clear the waste from the states beaches.
The drive was undertaken in association with tourism department, local civic bodies and school children.
Comdt Saxena said that although the beach cleanliness is not covered in the Indian Coast Guards charter of duties, the initiative was taken as a part of the social commitment.