Coast Guard Station Karaikal commissioned

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Coast Guard Station Karaikal, the fifth CG station on the Puducherry-Tamil Nadu coastline was commissioned at Karaikal

A chain of static sensors along the mainland and island territories are being installed to bolster coastal surveillance and security under the Indian Coast Guard. The installations will be put in place on the mainland by September, and on island territories by March of next year,

36 radar stations on the mainland from Gujarat to West Bengal, and six radar stations in Lakshadweep group of islands and four radar stations in Andaman group of  islands.These radars would be remotely controlled from various key stations along the coast to keep track of ships, vessels and units.” The commissioning of the Indian Coast Guard station in Karaikal would mark the 35 CGS of the country, fifth CGS along Tamil Nadu Coast and second in Puducherry territory. ICGS Karaikal had ushered in an asset addition to the existing Coast Guard stations along the Tamil Nadu coast in Chennai, Tuticorin, Mandapam and Puducherry.

This envisaged marine environment protection, disaster management, medical emergencies, and anti-poaching operations, refugee repatriation alongside Search and Rescue Missions (SAR) and law enforcement at sea. With the expanded mandate, Indian Coast Guard assumed greater significance.

In addition, the private MARG Karaikal port would provide dedicated berthing facilities for Coast Guard inshore patrol vessels (IPVs), small ships and interceptor boats. The station would use existing helipads here.

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