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IMDEX Asia: Security at India’s minor ports shockingly low

12th May 2017 - 12:01 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Chennai


India's porous 7,500km coastline is dotted with fishing harbours, and because these are often adjacent to major ports, an incident could have severe security ramifications. Further, a host of agencies responsible for security, including Customs, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), state police, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard, are not fully coordinated, resulting in haphazard communication.

Threat perceptions have increased in congested, archaic and poorly managed ports even as cargo capacity is slated to rise from 1,800 million metric tonnes to 3,000 by 2025.

The CISF, a government security agency, is mandated to protect critical infrastructure such as major

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Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

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