Karnataka to set-up exclusive coastal security force

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-07-01 20:53 Bengaluru:  The Home Department will set up an exclusive security force to monitor the state’s coastline. Home Minister G Parameshwara said the government had identified a 25 acres near Udupi which will host the special coastal guards training institute. Parameshwara said a specialised force was essential since the existing security wing comprised regular police personnel who were not adept at handling the problems and issues of coastal security. The minister said the coastal force would comprise local youth, since they would be aware of the problems and well-acquainted with the region. As part of the coastal security programmes, the department has decided to fit all boats in the region with automated identity systems. “This will give us an account of their movement like leaving the port and coming back, so that the monitoring will be easy,” he explained. He also said that boats of fishermen, who venture into deep sea, will have distress alarming systems, which will communicate with the shore in case of an emergency. Parameshwara said the state government had sought an assistance of Rs100 crore from the Union home ministry to enhance coastal security. Speaking on his visit to Munich, he said the visit was a result of a MoU signed way back in 2007 between the state of Karnataka and State of Boveria of Germany.