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Chidambaram reviews coastal security

June 18, 2009 15:22 IST

With the focus now on strengthening coastal security, Home Minister P Chidambaram today reviewed the delivery of interceptor boats and stressed there should be no delay in their delivery.

He also held meetings with Director General, CPWD, CEO and CMDs of National Building Constructions Corporation, National Projects Construction Corporation, Border Road Organisation, RITES, EPIL and EIL to review issues relating to fencing, road construction, floodlighting, construction of Border out-posts among others along international borders particularly the borders with Bangladesh and China.

The minister emphasised not only on the need for timely completion of all projects but also on the need for ensuring quality and an effective system of external audit and third party inspections, a Home Ministry statement said.

In the meeting with CMDs of Goa Shipyard Limited and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited, Kolkata, he emphasised on the need for proper training and placement of trained manpower, police personnel and crew members for proper upkeep and running of these boats, it said.

"While noting that delivery of boats has commenced from April, 2009 and 13 interceptor boats have been dispatched to States and UTs including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Goa, Lakshadweep and others, Chidambaram underlined the need to ensure that there are no slippages in time-lines," it said.

In view of the Mumbai attacks, security agencies are working on strengthening coastal security.

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