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Kerala Coastal Security strenthened by inauguration of ROS at Kochi
Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard
inaugurate 'Remote Operating Station' and 'Radar Station' for Coastal Security Surveillance Station at Kochi
Vice Admiral Muralidharan DGCG at the inauguration of ROS at Kochi
The remote operating station (ROS) of the coastal surveillance sensor chain of Kerala cluster was inaugurated by Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan, Director General Indian Coast Guard at the Coast Guard District Headquarters No 4 Fort Kochi today. Speaking on the occasion, Vice Admiral Muralidharan highlighted the efforts of BEL the agency who executed the project, Department of Lighthouses and Light Ships , MTNL, BSNL, and ISRO in seeing the project through.
The chain of static sensor project along the Indian coast was conceptualized by the GoM on reforming national security system post Kargil, and was provided impetus post 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai. M/s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is executing the project at a cost of Rs 601.75 Crores. The project envisages fitment of high end surveillance gadgets, electro optic sensors, communication equipment and met equipment on light houses at 46 locations across Indian mainland and island territories. The data generated by the static sensors will be available over a robust hierarchical network architecture connecting Coast Guard district headquarters, regional headquarters and at the Coast Guard Headquarters at New Delhi. The data would also be integrated with other monitoring systems like Automatic Identification System (AIS), and Long Range Identification and Tracking Systems ( LRIT). The sensor data generated through this complex sensor mesh, would be shared with other maritime agencies. Phase –II of the project envisages augmentation of the radar chain by additional sensors, and mobile sensor platforms. On completion of the project, the entire coast line of the country will get seamless electronic surveillance up to 25 nautical miles into the sea.
In Kerala, the feed and data from the four coastal surveillance radars at Mount Dilli in Ezhimala, Ponnani, Vypin and Kollam will be available at the ROS Fort Kochi. Two more additional sensors will be installed at Alapuzha and Azhikode in the phase two of the project. Shri Satyajit Ranjan Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Shri DK Sinha Deputy Director General Department of Lighthouses and Light Ships , Inspector General SPS Basra, Commander Coast Guard Region West, Deputy Inspector General TK Satish Chandran Commander Coast Guard District No 4, representatives of BEL and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.