November 29, 2011

Govt approves 7 radar stations on Gujarat coast

(Zeenews) : The government has given approval for setting up seven radar stations on Gujarat coast along with a Coast Guard station at Pipavav in the state, Defence Minister A K Antony told the Lok Sabha on Monday. 
Seven radar stations have been approved on Gujarat coast including in South Gujarat.... Government has also accorded approval for setting up a Coast Guard station at Pipavav in Gujarat," Antony said in a written reply to a question in the House. 
 On proposal for setting up Coast Guard stations along the Gujarat coastline, he said, "There are seven Coast Guard stations in Gujarat located at Gandhinagar, Porbandar, Okha, Jakhau, Vadinar, Mundra and Veraval. There is an Air Enclave at Porbandar."

Coast Guard stations at a particular place are set up after taking into account the threat perception, vulnerability gap analysis and presence of other stations in the vicinity, he said.

A Regional Headquarters (North West) at Gandhinagar has also been established in Gujarat to monitor coastal security for Gujarat.

Under Phase-I of centrally sponsored Coastal Security Scheme, 10 coastal police stations have been established and 12 additional coastal police stations have been sanctioned under Phase II, he said.

Replying to a question on modernisation of airfields, he said, "Modernisation of Air Field Infrastructure (MAFI) is under progress to modernise the navigational aids at all Indian Air Force airfields. MAFI is planned in two phases under which 30 airfields are planned for modernisation."


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