K Natarajan, Additional Director General and Coast Guard Commander Western Sea Board, said with this addition, the force will have 200 platforms (boats and ships) by 2022.
Natarajan was speaking to reporters at the seventh joint national-level Pollution Response Exercise here.
"In 2008, we had some 60 platforms, and today we have more than 150 platforms -- ships and boats -- and all are operational," he said.
"By 2022, we will be having 200 platforms. The number of aircraft will also be increased from 62 to 100 in the same period," he said.
The highlight of the exercise was participation of ICG Pollution Control Vessel ICGS Samudra Pavak and involvement of other agencies such as the Mumbai Port Trust, ONGC and the Shipping Corporation of India.
"The Gulf of Kutch is the main route for our oil trade. More than 70 per cent of our oil transits through this area and our energy needs are met. Areas such as Jamnagar, Vadinar, Mundra and Kandla are largely in use for oil tanker movement. Hence, international-level capacity development for containing oil pollution in the sea is needed," Natarajan said.
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