Visakhapatnam: The fifth apex committee review meeting (ACRM) to review coastal security in Andhra Pradesh was conducted at Eastern Naval Command headquarters in Visakhapatnam on Friday.

The meeting was co-chaired by Aditya Nath Das, chief secretary to the government of Andhra Pradesh, and Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, the flag officer commanding-in-chief, Eastern Naval Command. Representatives of all stakeholders, including the state government, the Coast Guard, Intelligence Bureau (IB), Customs, CISF, marine police, department of fisheries, Minor Port Authorities, and oil operators attended the meeting.

Key issues on coastal security and developments and progress made since the last review in 2019 were discussed at the meeting. Various actions promulgated by the steering committee for review of coastal security (SCRCS) such as identification and communication with fishing vessels, their color-coding, training, and equipment of coastal police and their infrastructure development issues, setting up of village committees, were discussed and deliberated upon and a clear way ahead was finalized.

The meeting achieved its overall aim of finding solutions to strengthen the coastal security of Andhra Pradesh as well as achieve greater synergy among all stakeholders.

The meeting could not be held in 2020 in view of the COVID-19 situation.

State chief secretary Aditya Nath Das was briefed about the various ongoing and future naval infrastructure projects being undertaken in Andhra Pradesh. He assured full support to the Indian Navy and urged all stakeholders to complete actions in a time-bound manner.

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