The State Government on Friday urged the Union Home Ministry to accord early sanction to 13 more Marine Police Stations along the 480-km coastline of the Sate to deal with any possible external aggression, terrorists attack, infiltration and to check criminal elements.
During a video conferencing with the Union Home Ministry officials, Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik said though the Central Government had proposed to set up 13 more marine Police Stations in the Odisha coast in addition to the five already in operation, formal sanction and release of funds is awaited. In view of the sensitive nature of the east coast and to strengthen the security system in the vast area, there is an immediate need to set up the 13 MPS, he said.
According to Home Department sources, under the upgradation of coastal security system following the 26/11 (2008) Mumbai terrorist attack via sea route, the Central Government had
formulated a Rs1,100-Cr marine security scheme for nine coastal States including Odisha for strengthening patrolling and surveillance of the coastal areas.
So far the State Government has already set up five MPS at Balaramgadi, Jambu, Paradip, Argaipali and Dhamra which are now in operation. The Government has identified the locations to set up the 13 propsoed Marine Police Stations. While three MPS. Each will be set up in Baleswar, Bhadrak coast, two each will be set up in Kendrapada, Puri and Jagatsinghpur and one MPS in the Ganjam coast.
The MPS will function in a five-Km radius into the sea and each PS will be provided with sophisticated mechanised boats fitted with arms and wireless system.