The first coastal police station in Kerala to strengthen security in coastal areas would be opened by Union Home Minister P Chidrambaram at Needakara in Kollam district on February 9.
Centre has sanctioned seven more coastal police stations for the state and it would be come up at Vizhinjam, Fort Kochi,Thodapalli, Beypore, Azhikel, Bekel and Kodugallore, State Home Minister Kodeyeri Balakrishnan told reporters here today.
Functioning of these stations would also start soon.The main objective was to prevent any infiltration and smuggling of arms from outside the country, he said.
Besides this, state government would modernise 67 police stations now situated on the coastal belt,he said.
Local 'Jagaratha Samithis' (Vigilance committees) would be formed in coastal areas and fishermen would be made members of these Samithis. They members would be provided with mobile phones and identity cards, he said.
State Minister for Water Resources NK Premachandran was also present at the press meet.