Director General Indian Coast Guard (DGCIG) Rajendra Singh is on a two-day visit to Kolkata to review the coastal security mechanism in the region.
The Flag Officer's presence is aimed at bolstering ties with all stakeholders of the coastal security mechanism, officials said.
During the visit Singh shall also meet West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and discuss the future expansion and presence of the force in the state. Singh is the first regular Coast Guard officer to be elevated to the rank of director general. Coast Guard's North East region, headquartered in Kolkata, is a hotspot of maritime activities where implementation of Sagarmala project is likely to pose a host of challenges like marine pollution, maritime terrorism, smuggling of contraband, narcotics, etc. The region is scheduled to witness a sea change in shipping traffic with coming up of world-class container trans-shipment port at Sagar island under Sagarmala project.