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Maharashtra: Navy yet to get NOC from fisheries dept for no-fishing zone in front of its helibase October 15,2021   |  Source: The Indian Express

The Western naval command has been repeatedly requesting the state government to have a no-fishing zone or a waterfront security zone 100 metres from the wall of their helibase INS Shikra at Colaba as birds that come to feed on fish pose risk to the helicopters landing there. INS Shikra houses helicopters like Sea King, Kamov, Chetak and the ALH and caters to the needs of various ships and is also used for search and rescue operations.

A senior officer of the Indian Navy said, “Shikra is a premier air station of the western naval command. The air station operates several helicopters that embark ships of the Indian Navy and also undertakes critical operations ashore. During the recent cyclone Tauktae, several search and rescue operations commenced from here. Shikra is located between Sassoon dock and Sundernagari fishing colonies and fishing boats regularly ply in front of Shikra and some boats do fishing in front of the wall of INS Shikra.”

The staff of INS Shikra has raised highlighted their concerns in the past as it becomes critical when VVIPs like President, Vice-President and Prime Minister come and Shikra is the landing spot. The waterfront is the designated landing area and the presence of these boats is an obstruction for the safe operation of helicopters. The

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