The government has finally begun implementation of a decade-old plan to install seven coastal radio communication stations equipped with high-end lanterns, by replacing the three existing old lighthouses, with a view to ensure safety and security of people and vessels in the sea.
The introduction of Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and Integrated Maritime Navigation System (IMNS) is likely to take three years to complete. The bidding process for the main construction work is likely to begin in six months, officials said.
Campaigners and experts on maritime safety and security have lauded the government initiative. They also stressed that the government should strengthen the Navy and the Coast Guard with regard to quick response in distressed situation.
Ecnec passed the Tk370 crore project on March 11, a year after Bangladesh and South Korea signed a loan agreement to implement the project which will be supervised by the Department of Shipping. The feasibility study was completed in December 2011.