New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard has established 35 stations along the coastline and regular joint patrolling is conducting by the Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Police, and Customs to enhance security, government told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

In a written reply to the House, Defence Minister AK Antony said, "35 stations have already been established along the Indian coastline which operate with both surface and air assets."

"Joint operational exercises are conducted on regular basis by Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Police, Customs and others and the intelligence mechanism has been streamlined through creation of Joint Operation Centres and Multi-Agency Coordination mechanism," he said.

Stressing that government attaches utmost importance to coastal security and surveillance, he said, "Review and monitoring of coastal security mechanism is a continuous process."

Several measures to strengthen coastal security, including improving surveillance mechanism and enhanced patrolling by security agencies following an integrated approach have been put in place, he said.

The Minister said that installation of radars covering the country's coastline and islands is also an essential part of this process and deployment of assets is done as per the threat inputs, perceptions and requirements.

The Defence Minister also informed the House about coast guard stations located in Gujarat and induction of Inshore Patrol Vessels (IPV) in the force.