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High-speed patrol boats for vigil in Gulf of Mannar Biosphere

In a bid to protect the natural wealth of the 21 islands and surrounding areas of the Gulf of Mannar from poaching, patrolling of the area is being beefed up with the addition of three high-speed boats.
The Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve Trust (GOMBRT) would soon acquire the boats at a cost of Rs 1.30 crore from a Kerala-based company, an official of the trust told PTI.
The boats, fitted with 150 HP engines, can travel at a speed of 20 knots per hour. A special programme would be charted out to operate the boats in an effective manner so that all the islands could be covered and an efficient security system was provided to them, the official said.
The new boats are much faster and could reach the spot in case of complaint quickly, the official said.