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Matla Abhiyan

Posted on : 05 Feb 2020

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  • The Navy plans to use our smaller craft to cross the Sunderbans and reach Mongla port in Bangladesh.
  • The Navy launched a unique coastal security exercise, Matla Abhiyan, from Kolkata.
  • Commodore Suprobho K De, naval officer-in-charge, West Bengal, flagged off the two naval boats that will move along the river Matla in the Sunderbans up to Hemnagar, where a customs checkpost exists.
  • This is also the international trade protocol route between India and Bangladesh.
  • The Navy has always been apprehensive of barges moving nearly unchecked along this route where contraband as well as men and deadly equipment can be dropped off easily.
  • The Sunderbans, given its vastness and complexities, has been a matter of concern for security agencies for a long time.
  • Movement of barges and other vessels along the protocol route has added to their worries.
  • The purpose is to interact with the local community, spread awareness on coastal security and understand the navigational complexities in the Sunderbans Deltas.
  • Once a proper route is charted, it will allow the Navy to carry out patrols of its own if some input comes in.
  • For passage through the Sunderbans, the naval boats will sail alongside the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) launch Meghna.
  • IWAI vessels and crew have experience in navigating the waters of the Sunderbans.
  • The assistance provided by IWAI shows the strong inter-agency coordination between all stakeholders of coastal security.
  • There is another purpose for charting a course through the Sunderbans for our smaller vessels.
  • Navy have planned a special event to commemorate 50 years of the 1971 Indo-Pak War in 2021.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Matla Abhiyan
    1.It is unique coastal security exercise by Indian Coast Guard.
    2.It is also the international trade protocol route between India and Bangladesh.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : 2 only

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