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JULY - 2013 ISSUE


 Safe Boundaries
As India wakes up to land and coastal safety, there is much to choose from
 


Defence minister at the inauguration of the Regional Operating Centre, Mumbai for coastal radar network
Defence minister at the inauguration of the Regional Operating Centre, Mumbai for coastal radar network

Given that India has threats coming from hostile neighbours on a regular basis, border security has become one of the most important challenges for the government. The vast land border, approximately around 15,000 km, and the coastline, about 7,500 km make it all the more challenging. While there was a significant (but not sufficient) focus on land borders for a long time, coastal security was never on the priority list until the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

In the last few years, there were hasty attempts to focus on coastal security. Several projects were put on fast track and the defence minister closely reviewed the progress. In addition, several new patrol vehicles were commissioned with the Indian Coast Guard and new radar projects were kick-started to provide a complete coastal security. Regional operating centres and stations were opened. This led to the shifting of focus; land border surveillance was slightly sidetracked. This is unfortunate given the fact that better surveillance systems top the wishlist of any officer deployed in difficult terrains like the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Line of Control (LC).

 
 
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