India boosts coastal surveillance

Cabinet nod for 300-strong team to man 91 spots along coastline

Shailendra Paranjpe

The cabinet has decided to create a force comprising 300 personnel to guard 91 sensitive spots along Maharashtra’s coastline. The move aims at preventing terrorists launching a 26/11-type attack. The government has also decided to make registration of all fishing boats in the state mandatory.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and revenue minister Eknath Khadseinformed mediapersons about the decision after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. For the time being, the CM said, the security personnel will be paid honorarium and the government will provide Rs5.36 crore a year to meet the expenses.

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