Sunday, January 17, 2016

Coast Guard air enclave planned

The Indian Coast Guard is planning to set up an air enclave near the Puducherry Airport in Lawspet to boost aerial surveillance, Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, Director General of Indian Coast Guard has said.

Talking to reporters after paying a courtesy call on Chief Minister N. Rangasamy in his chamber in the Legislative Assembly on Saturday, Mr. Bisht said the Coast Guard was in consultations with the Puducherry Government for setting up the air enclave.

“We had some good discussions with the Chief Minister. The Coast Guard is also planning a Hovercraft port at Veerampattinam where we can base some of our hovercraft. The Hovercraft port is coming up on an extent of 35 acres and we have to resolve some issues. As of now we are concentrating on the Air enclave and hovercraft port projects,” Mr. Bisht said.

S.P. Sharma, Inspector General of Coast Guard, said that two hovercrafts would be berthed at the facility at Veerampattinam. The Centre has already earmarked two hovercrafts for the Union Territory.
17/01/16 S. Prasad And/The Hindu

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