April 22, 2021
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Visible loopholes
State of coastal security

The effectiveness of the coastal radar network and security of peninsular India was demonstrated at its worst during the recent crash of the Coast Guard Dornier aircraft. It took 33 days and nearly a dozen institutions that have anything to do with the sea to cooperate and find the wreckage of the Dornier, some human remains and a watch that could finally confirm the death of its owner.

Neither the radar at Thiruchirapally (Trichy) about 153 km from the Tamil Nadu coastline nor the Air Traffic Control radar at Chennai were able to give a clear fix in terms of longitude and latitude of the location where the INMARSAT  beacon on board went dead indicating a disaster on board the aircraft. As a consequence it took  (as per the official statement) “700 hours of surface effort and nearly 200 hours of air effort by the Coast Guard, Navy, other specialized agencies of the centre and Reliance Industries Limited” before the Indian Navy submarine INS Sindhudhwaj could pinpoint the Sonar Locator Beacon of the missing aircraft. The Multi-Service Vessel Olympic Canyon borrowed from Reliance Industries Ltd offshore drilling ventu
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