Home Minister reviews delivery of interceptor boats

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New Delhi, June 18, 2009

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today reviewed the delivery of interceptor boats under the Coastal Security Scheme with the Chairmen and Managing Directors of Goa Shipyard Limited and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd, Kolkata.
Mr Chidambaram noted that the delivery of the boats had commenced from April and 13 of them had already been dispatched to various states and Union Territories, including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Goa, Lakshadweep and Puducherry.
He, however, underlined the need to ensure that there were no slippages in the time-lines of the future deliveries. He also emphasised the importance of training and placement of trained manpower and police personnel and crew members for the proper maintenance and running of these boats. He said six boats that are ready should be dispatched without delay.
Mr Chidambaram also met the Director General of the Central Public Works Department and the heads of the National Building Construction Corporation, National Projects Construction Corporation, Border Roads Organisation, Rail India Technical & Economic Services, Engineering Projects (India) Limited and Engineers India Limited today to review issues related fencing, road construction, flood-lighting and construction of outposts along the international borders, especially the borders with Bangladesh and China.
He emphasized not only the need for timely completion of all projects but also the importance of ensuring quality and an effective system of external audit/third party inspections, an official statement added.