In a bid to tighten the maritime security in the country, the central government is planning to increase the number of coastal police stations to around 72 along the entire stretch of the 7500 kilometre Indian coastline besides increasing the areas under "no fishing zone" around the vital installations including the nuclear establishments, coastal dams and major ports.
The above Coastal security scheme(CSS) is scheduled to be launched by April 2010. There is also a review for better coordination among different organisations such as the navy, coast guard, marine police of different states besides the intelligence agencies to increase the vigil.
The home ministry is reported to have asked the nave and the cosat guard to provide assistance to states in recruiting and training executive and technical staff for coastal police stations and over nine states are expected to benefit from this scheme. They include Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal and the Union territories of Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The coastal states have also been asked to beef up their infrastructure and train their manpower and have been advised to firm up their additional requirements to face any eventualities in security. Also registration of fishing vessels, installation of communication equipment on these boats and uniform system of issuance of identity cards to fishermen.