The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) will witness a boost in its capabilities this week as Defence Minister AK Antony will be inaugurating a Regional Operating Centre (ROC) and a Remote Operating Station (ROS) at Coast Guard headquarters in Worli, Mumbai tomorrow. The aim of the ROC and the ROS will be to spot suspicious vessel movement in the coast.
The Defence Minister Antony will be inaugurating an ROC in Mumbai and a ROS in Porbandar in order to augment security along the western coastline. A chain of remote sensor stations along the coastline will be linked to the ROSs which, in turn are linked to the ROCs that will be connected to the Control Centre (CC). The ROCs and ROSs are equipped with DHF communication (radio) system, electro-optic sensors, radars and AIS & MET sensors.
At present, there are three ROCs in the country at Gandhinagar, Port Bunder and Chennai besides the one coming up in Mumbai. The Mumbai ROC will operate 18 radars and electronic sensors, built along the coastal belts of Mumbai, Konkan, Goa and Kerala. Besides, Mumbai ROC will also be in charge of the western coastal front.
Besides the three ROCs in the country, there are 11 ROSs along the coastal belts of Mumbai, Konkan, Goa and Kerala. These ROSs are controlled by the Mumbai ROC, which is supervised and controlled by the main Control Centre (CC) in New Delhi. Out of 11 ROSs, five are located in Maharashtra.
According to Narendra Kumar Vispute, Chief PRO (Defence), the government is on the verge of finishing its Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN), comprising radars and sensors to deter 26/11 type terror attacks on India from the coast. The CSN, which is to be functional next year, will enable surveillance of the high sensitivity and high traffic density across the coastal belt.
Earlier this week, Defence Minister Antony informed the Parliament that India's ambitious project to install coastal surveillance network with a chain of static radar and electro-optic sensors at 84 places along the 7,500-km coastline is slated for completion by the middle of 2013. The CSN consists of a chain of static radars and electro-optic sensors at 84 remote sites along the 7,500 kilometre coastline. Antony added that in the first phase, 46 radars (36 on main land and 10 in island territories) are being operationalised in clusters.
In the first week of August, Defence Minister A.K. Antony set a two-month deadline for the maritime security agencies to get security radars along India's 7,500-km coastline in place. Antony will be visiting some of the radar locations in the next two months, particularly those on the western coast in Maharashtra and Gujarat that are to be inaugurated.