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RAPID ACTION:The 12-tonne fast interceptor boat sanctioned for the Marine Police Station at Manalmelkudi in Pudukottai district.
PUDUKOTTAI: Marine Police Station at Manalmelkudi has been sanctioned a 12-tonne capacity fast interceptor boat for ensuring effective surveillance in the coastal region of the district.
The state-of-the-art, twin-engine boat, imported from the U.S. for Rs.2.5 crore, can gain 35 nautical mile speed within a few seconds. The boat, which can carry 20 people, has global positioning system, radars, night vision, and a bullet-proof enclosure. It has provision for attaching a machine gun.
S. Amsavalli, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Coastal Security Group, (CSG) Pattukottai zone, who inspected the boat at Manalmelkudi, told The Hindu on Monday that the boat would be utilised for keeping surveillance on strangers and suspicious boats. The boat would help the personnel to act swiftly.
Marine Police Station at Adhirampattinam in Thanjavur district has been sanctioned a 5-tonne boat costing Rs.1.05 crore last week.
Last year, the station at Sethubavachathiram in Thanjavur district and Tiruppunvasal in Pudukottai district got the 12 tonne and 5 tonne boat respectively. With this, the Pattukottai division of the CSG has become self-reliant in terms of infrastructure for coastal surveillance.
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