Thiruvananthapuram: In order to review the progress on coastal security strengthening efforts and its ongoing infrastructural development at Thiruvanaanthapuram, Rajendra Singh, Director General of Indian Coast Guard, visited the city on Saturday.
The Station Commander, Thiruvananthapuram, and State Commander, Kerala briefed the Director General on the latest acquisition of land adjacent to the Thiruvananthapuram airport, leasing of the airport building and the aircraft parking facility to expedite activation of air base and the construction of 77 meters long dedicated jetty that facilitates berthing of medium vessels of Indian Coast Guard.
An additional interceptor vessel is already constructed for Vizhinjam harbour for operating within existing depth and will be positioned in 2-3 months for the Search & Rescue and Maritime Security operation.
Medium and large ships with Helicopter carrying facility and pollution control capability ships are being scheduled for placing at Vizhinjam on construction of lengthier jetties at Vizhinjam.
The Director General expressed satisfaction on efforts and hard work put in by Indian Coast Guard team at Thiruvananthapuram and Kerala to enhance the coastal security apparatus. He also expressed his gratitude to both Central and State Officials in Kerala for extending full hearted support.
After reviewing the infrastructure assessment, the Director General inaugurated a multi-facility complex for sailors.
Meanwhile, Urmila Singh inaugurated the hospital building at Coast Guard Station, Vizhinjam. Urmila Singh, President, Tatrakshika, also reached out to School Children of fishing village at Vizhinjam and handed over school bags marked with Marine Safety slogan – as a step forward to encourage fisher folk to carry safety equipment and ensure occupational safety at sea.