New Delhi: Pulling up the lackadaisical approach of the government in plugging loopholes in coastal security that was exposed after 26/11 attack, a parliamentary panel on Thursday pointed out the huge gap between existing and required forces for coast guard.

The 31-member parliamentary panel taking a serious note of the ad hoc planning of the government in this regard said only two ships and six boats had been added to the coast guard in the last four years after the attacks.

According a report, the coast guard had pointed out the requirement of 154 ships and 93 boats in 2007-08 but only 45 ships and 27 boats are available with the security agency presently.

The panel also expressed its concern over the large number of coast guard equipments including aircraft, ships and helicopters which are lying non-operational due to slow repair process.

Welcoming the concerns of the panel, the Defence Ministry said, “131 surveillance platforms are already under construction in Indian shipyards, while another 200 platforms are in the process of being contracted.”

JPN/Bureau