The Indian Coast Guard Station (ICGS) at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra will become operation from tomorrow. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Director General Coast Guard, will commission the ICGS Ratnagiri in the presence of Inspector General SPS Basra, Commander Coast Guard Region (West).
ICGS Ratnagiri will function under the administrative and operational control of the Commander, Coast Guard Region (West) through the Commander, Coast Guard District HQ-2 (Maharashtra) located at Mumbai. Commandant BH Kumbhare has been appointed as the first Commanding Officer of the Station.The new CG station at Ratnagiri will play an effective role in undertaking joint coastal patrol along with State Police, Customs and Fisheries Department to thwart maritime security threats. One more station at Dahanu has been planned for establishment in the state of Maharashtra in the current year. In addition, setting up of a Coast Guard Air Station at Ratnagiri is also on the anvil. This will be the first full-fledged air station of the Coast Guard in the state of Maharashtra, and will play a crucial role in maritime surveillance and Search & Rescue and adjoining coast of Maharashtra.
In response to the enhanced role that has been assigned to the Coast Guard in the past two years, the service is pursuing urgent enhancement of its surveillance capabilities, so as to meet its tasks and responsibilities effectively. The present force-levels and manpower are slated to be doubled in a few years by graduated procurement, with proportionate and corresponding infrastructure development and augmentation of trained manpower.