Speaking at the Western Zonal Council meeting in Mumbai on Friday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the states on the West coast — though economically well developed — were extremely vulnerable to terrorist strikes.
Given the prevailing security environment, he said, it was the Central government’s priority to bolster coastal security through a series of measures including, modernisation of police forces, better surveillance, and acquisition of modern equipment and assets.
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A proposal to install high-resolution cameras along the coastal high-rises to closely monitor the movements on the sea was also discussed at the meeting. The state government is keen to bring the entire Mumbai and major metro/cities under CCTV.
However, the decision to select the highrises where cameras will be deployed has been left to the city police force, officials in the union home ministry said.
At the meeting, he also elaborated on his take about how better centre-state coordination was crucial for ensuring foolproof security in the country.
The constitution of a Central Marine Police Force to fix the fault lines along the national coastal stretch across Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa was also discussed at the meeting.
The stated objective is to have a central command for specialised marine policing to protect sea, coast, ports and other vital institutions along 7,516-km national coastline.
Maharashtra had first mooted the proposal for establishing a Central Marine Police Force in a meeting held in January, 2016.
Among the other issues that were discussed includes release of the 252 fishermen whose identity has been established and were held in Pakistan prisons.
Overall the number of fishermen held captive in Pakistan was much higher with Gujarat alone reporting 450 cases of missing fishermen.
Another project related to tackling the Daman Ganga and Kolak river pollution caused due to discharge of untreated effluents from Vapi /industrial area was also discussed.