Bhubaneswar: All the 18 Marine Police Stations sanctioned by the Centre in two phases to Odisha would be made functional within two years, said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi after presiding over a review meeting on coastal security here in the state secretariat today.
Padhi told media that the Union Government had sanctioned five Marine Police stations for the state to be established in Paradip, Balaramgadi, Dhamra, Jamboo and Arjipalli in the first phase.
In the second phase, as many as 13 Marine Police Stations have been sanctioned and the stations are to be established at Kasafala, Talasari, Chudamani, Kasia, Talachua, Tantiapal, Bandar, Jatadharimuhan, Penthakata, Astaranga, Ramchandi Arakhakuda and Sonapur in the second phase, he said.
The Marine Police Station will be set up to check the export/import of illegal arms, contraband articles, infiltration, unauthorized fishing, entry of anti-nationals through sea route and to guard all vital installations along the Odisha coast.
The Union government had provided 15 interceptor boats, central assistance for creation of infrastructure, purchase of equipment, vehicles and motorcycles for the five Marine Police stations.
The chief secretary said, out of the 15 boats provided for the five marine police stations, only 13 boats were functioning and interceptor boats for 13 Marine Police stations have not yet reached the state.
The central government has sanctioned 5 jetties to be constructed on Odisha coast for berthing of Marine boats but the state has not received funds for the Jetty as well as assistance for fuel for the five Marine Police stations.
The state would raise these issues with the cabinet secretary at a meeting scheduled to be held at New Delhi on November 20, said Padhi.
He further said that the Navy and the Coast Guard are cooperating with the state and imparting training to the state police personnel on Coastal Security.