Home minister RR Patil on Monday took a review of the coastal security arrangements made by the Indian coastal security force and expressed satisfaction with the arrangements.
The issue of coastal security had reached its peak after the November 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks after 10 terrorists entered the city by sea.
Patil took a ride on the Samudraprahari — a coastal security boat — along with BJP opposition leader Eknath Khadse and BJP leader Pandurang Phundkar. They were given a tour by coastal security chief SPS Basra.
They were shown patrolling boats, advanced radars, which provide information on the positions of boats and helicopters.
“The state government has bought all the necessary equipment and boats required for coastal security. We will support the force on behalf of the state government as and when required,” Patil said.
Opposition leader Khadse said the arrangements seemed to have improved.
“We will keep a close watch and will continue following up on the issue with the government,” Khadse said.
In April 2011, the Hindustan Times had reported how the Comptroller and Auditor General of India report ripped the home department apart over procurement of patrolling boats. Only five of the 29 patrolling boats and interceptor boats had been obtained by the state two years after the attacks.