Coastal security got a boost in the state budget for the Home Department announced on Thursday.
The allocation for the Home Department includes a Rs 168-crore coastal security plan.
This plan includes creation of a marine police wing for which personnel will be recruited mostly from the coastal areas and be trained along the lines of the Navy and Coast Guard.
A marine police training centre will be set up in the Konkan. For better surveillance, a land-based radar system will be installed, said official sources.
Learning its lessons from recent terror attacks, the government said it will increase budgetary allocation to the Home Department, if required.
The government also made a provision of Rs 250 crore for modernisation of the police force. When asked if the provision was adequate, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan replied: “We will not compromise on this sensitive subject. The Centre has been providing huge amounts for modernising the [police] force. We will chip in if that money is insufficient.”
State Finance Minister Sunil Tatkare said enough funds would be made available for training of the elite Force-1 commando facility in Mumbai. “The first batch of 232 is out there on the field,” he added.