State gets hi-tech radars to watch its long coastline

Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Saturday inaugurated the Static Sensors Project of Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) of the Coast Guard at Porbandar,the Coast Guard Headquarters in Gujarat.

Written by Express News Service | Porbandar | Published: August 26, 2012 7:30 am

Union Defence Minister A K Antony on Saturday inaugurated the Static Sensors Project of Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) of the Coast Guard at Porbandar,the Coast Guard Headquarters in Gujarat.

The project envisages installation of high-end surveillance gadgets like Frequency Diversity Radar,Electro Optic Sensors (Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Day Camera,Low Light TV (LLTV) Night Camera and Long Range Thermal Imagers) VHF sets and Met equipment on lighthouses and masts erected on Director General of Lighthouses and Lightships (DGLL) Land.

The intrusion through sea,like 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai,could now be averted with western coastline getting secured with real-time surveillance covering up to 25 nautical miles around the area of high sensitivity and traffic density along the shoreline.

With 46 remote radar sites,from Gujarat to Kerala,which will detect electronic signals from moving ships and trawlers,will help to track and monitor traffic flow effectively.

On Saturday,system for Gujarat and Maharashtra cluster was inaugurated by the minister. Eight of these radar sites are in Gujarat,including two remote stations at Porbandar and Gandhinagar.

The data collected from radar sties will be available to district,regional,remote and headquarters in New Delhi for analysis and action.

“Given strategic and economical importance of Gujarat,this system is very important for the state. It being petroleum hub with number of ports lined up and its proximity to international border line,the new security system is the first step toward strengthening the security,” Antony said.

The minister expressed concern over frequent arrest of fishermen from India and Pakistan and underlined the need for remaining alert.

The data generated by the static sensors will flow over a robust hierarchical network architecture,connecting Coast Guard district headquarters (regional operating stations) and regional headquarters (remote operating stations) to coast guards headquarters control room in New Delhi. It will be shared with other agencies like Navy.

Considering the strategic nature of the project and with an aim to develop indigenous capabilities in the field,it was decided to implement this project through Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

The contract for this turnkey project was concluded with BEL,Bangalore,in September 2011 at a cost of over Rs 600 crore with an implementation schedule of 12-18 months for the mainland and the island sites,respectively.

In the Phase-I of the project,46 Remote Radar sites (36 locations in mainland,six locations in Lakshadweep & Minicoy Islands and 4 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands) would be established at various lighthouses located along the coast line. All mainland sites will be operational by end of this year. The sites in island will be operational by early next year.

After completion of Phase-I,the Centre will take up Phase-II of the project,wherein 38 additional Remote Radar sites would be established.

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