New Delhi : Indian Coast Guard on Friday asserted that coastal security has improved significantly since the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, but does not rule out the possibility of another attack from the sea route.

“Fair amount of work has been done (after Mumbai terror attack)…the efforts are ongoing but one cannot rule out the possibility (of terror attack)… as terrorist try out-of-the-box ways,” said Vice Admiral A G Thapliyal, Director General Coast Guard.

Thapliyal said the government has already spent over Rs.600 cr for setting up the coastal security network and has earmarked another Rs.650 cr for the programme.

Responding to a question on the threat of another 26/11-type attack, he said terrorists had used a ‘dinghy’ – a small boat to reach Mumbai shores and the Coast Guard are working to develop a technique to detect boats less than 20 metres in size.

The Mumbai terror attack by 10 Pakistani terrorists in November 2008 left 166 people dead and around 300 injured.

“Small boats are a cause for concern and we need to attend to that,” Thapliyal said, adding that fishermen communities are being involved to keep track of any unidentified small boats.

“These boats, which have engines but can mingle around with fishing boats, they do pose a threat to us.”

“Taking fishermen on board is very important. They tend to fish in groups and are the first ones to spot strangers,” the coast guard chief said.

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