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Insufficient fuel for boats hinders sea patrolling in Maha

The 72 high-end speed boats acquired by Maharashtra Police two years after the Mumbai terror attacks are not operated to full capacity along the state’s coastline for want of fuel and unattended technical snags.

The state police department had sought government’s permission last year for additional fuel for the boats, but it is yet to be approved, a senior police official said on Wednesday.

Some of the interceptor craft have been grounded as they developed technical snags and have not yet been attended, he said.

‘For repairs, we need funds. The sanctioning of funds is a very lengthy procedure. Do not know when the boats will be repaired,’ the officer said.

The sophisticated boats, procured for over Rs 30 crore, were inducted into the force in 2010 to secure Maharashtra’s 720-km-long coast line.
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