Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government on October 20 expressed concern over it’s unsecured coastline due to shortage of security personnel and infrastructure.
Odisha’s Home Secretary Asit Tripathy and other officials in a videoconferencing with the Union Home Secretary informed the Centre that it has established 18 marine police stations which are not yet fully functional due to shortage of patrolling boats and lack of manpower to run the police stations efficiently.
At present only 15 boats are at the state’s disposal for patrolling Odisha’s vast coastline stretching over 480-km-long and ironically out of these 15 boats 13 are in a working condition while two others have become dysfunctional.
The Home Secretary said that the Centre has been urged to provide 40 more boats for patrolling purposes. Presently, there are only 700 personnel while 1,400 are required to man the marine police stations. Besides, the Centre was asked to share the recurring expenses like fuel for the boats.
As there is no training centre for training the marine police stations personnel, they are being trained at the Indian Navy’s facility at INS Chilika. However, as operating in water is different from land, the personnel needs to be trained and a training facility is the ned of the hour, emphasized DGP RP Sharma.