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Coast Guard enhances surveillance for Gangasagar Mela

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The (ICG) has enhanced surveillance along the coastline of for the Gangasagar Mela, an said Saturday.

Lakhs of devotees from across the country take holy dip at Island situated at the confluence of and the during the annual Gangasagar on Makar Sankranti.

The has placed hovercraft, high-speed patrol vessels and interceptor boats along the coastline for ensuring foolproof security, the said.

Hovercrafts have been deployed round-the-clock throughout the area, he said, adding that amphibious crafts facilitate smooth execution of search and rescue operations and security cover over land and riverine route.

A life-saving rapid action team comprising divers with has also been deployed at the site to thwart any threat emanating from the sea or to save people from drowning in case of any exigency.

"The fast patrol vessels and interceptor boats are continuously maintaining seaward side patrol," the said.

For enhanced safety and security, aerial cover by helicopters onboard advanced offshore patrol vessels, deployed off Island, and regular sorties by Dornier aircraft have been provided, he said.

"The is also maintaining electronic surveillance through (CSN) system," he said.

The Coast Guard operations centre at Haldia is in continuous contact with its assets deployed at sea for effective coordination with various stakeholders and state security agencies, the official said.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 15:50 IST