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Government sanctions Rs 32,000 crore plan to strengthen Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Will Now Be More Stronger Maritime Agency As The Government On Wednesday Has Approved Rs 32,000 Crore Plan To Enhance The Security Agency.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Deepak Mahato | Updated on: 16 Aug 2017, 07:17:56 PM
A Coast Guard vessel. (Representative Image/ Source: PTI)

New Delhi:

The Coast Guard will now be more stronger maritime agency as the government on Wednesday has approved Rs 32,000 crore plan to enhance the security agency.

According to the plans, government will use the fund to enhance infrastructure and equipment like offshore patrol vessels, interceptor boats, helicopters, aircraft and critical operational infrastructure was cleared at a meeting chaired by Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra earlier this month.

 

The government plans to equip the aquatic force with 175 ships and 110 aircrafts by 2022.

The Coast Guard is currently equipped with 130 vessels, 52 interceptor boats and 60 plus flying assets.

Coast Guard is a critical arm under defence forces engaged in the protection of India's water area and enforce maritime law.

India has a 7,516-km coastline, with 1,382 islands and a sprawling exclusive economic zone of 2.01 million sq km.

(With PTI inputs)

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First Published : 16 Aug 2017, 07:16:02 PM

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