MINUTES OF THE 85TH MEETING OF THE CENTRAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR
LIGHTHOUSES (CACL) HELD ON THE 18TH MAY, 2012 AT 1500 HRS AT
TRANSPORT BHAVAN, NEW DELHI
- List of Participants is annexed.
- Chairman welcomed all the participants stating that role of DGLL has become more visible than what was in the past as they have taken up some interactive and safety & surveillance projects like Vessel Traffic Service – Gulf of Kachchh & National AIS Network. He hoped that the deliberations during the meeting would help the organizations in further consolidating their programme and policies. Chairman further requested DGLL to pursue the agenda items for the meeting.
- Initiating the proceedings, DGLL welcomed all the participants and informed that the leave of absence is received from Hon’ble MP Shri Jesudasu Seelam, Shri Amin M Sikkawala and Shri RM Neity. He requested Chairman to grant the leave of absence. The committee granted leave of absence. Thereafter, DGLL took up the agenda items.
- AGENDA ITEM NO 1-CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF 84th CACL MEETING.
- DGLL informed that the approved minutes of 84th CACL held on the 19th April 2011 were earlier circulated to the members. Since there were no comments or points for deliberation, minutes were unanimously confirmed
- AGENDA ITEM NO 2- ACTION TAKEN NOTE ON THE MINUTES OF 84th CACL
- Item No2, Para 5.1 - Establishment of LH at Sand Heads:
DGLL informed that the work order has already been placed and the work was likely to be completed shortly. DGLL further stated that the elastic beacon at Sandheads has been planned on the request of Kolkata Port Trust. Chairman enquired about the cost. It was clarified by the DGLL that cost is about Rs.37 lacs which included the Buoy body and also the Chain and Sinkers embedded on the Sea bed. The action was noted by the committee.
- Item No 2, Para 5.3 - Shifting of Kovilthotham lighthouse :
DGLL informed that the proposal where a swap of plot of land agreed between IREL and DGLL could not take place as the land could not be transferred in the name of DGLL due to some legal issues. The Collector, Kottam District (Kerala), therefore did not accept land transfer proposal. As such the proposal was being dropped and the same is taken up as a separate agenda item. The Committee noted the action.
- Item No 3, Para 6 - AMENDMENT OF CACL PROCEDURAL RULES.
- DGLL informed that the draft proposal for Gazette Notification for providing TA/DA to non-official members as per the 6th Pay Commission recommendations has been submitted to the Ministry for approval.
- DGLL also informed that as agreed in the last CACL, a proposal is submitted to the Ministry for nomination of domain expert in the nautical field to the CACL. The Committee noted the action.
- Item No 5, Para 8- SHIFTING OF LOCATION OF PAGA DEEP SEA BUOY IN THE GULF OF KACHCHH
- DGLL informed that a Sub-Committee of the CACL, as decided during the last meeting, was set up who have submitted the report with following recommendations (i) Paga Buoy may remain in position, (ii) Additional North Cardinal Buoy need to be located at position 22 °34.10' N and 69°18.35 E which shall enable the Mariners to change the course while negotiating the curve and (iii) In addition, the VLCC channel marking Buoy need to be relocated in new position 22 °36.20' N and 69°16.60 E since the channel has been widened. Accordingly new locations have be demarcated.
- DGLL further informed to the committee that the same sub-committee has recommended to withdraw the Sonar buoy since the present location is within the new port limits of Mundra Port.
- DGLL requested the members to accept the recommendations of the sub-committee on Paga & Sonar Buoys. The committee after deliberations accepted the recommendations of the Sub-committee.
- Item No 6, Para 9- ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW LIGHT ON KANDLA AND KOTESHWAR TOWERS
- DGLL informed that on the observation of the Coast Guard representative during the last meeting, the sub-committee set up for Paga Buoy was asked to examine the range calibration of Koteshwar Light so as the light does not cross IMBL. He stated the committee has now submitted their recommendations as below: (i) IMBL being 18 NM miles away from Koteshwar, a normal light in sector covering 180° to 270° could be established.
(ii) A small light in sector covering 270° to 90° should be established for catering to the needs of local fishermen.
(iii) Bhadreshwar should have a light for catering to the need of Kandla Anchorage.
(iv) In addition, a light on Kandla tower too could be established.
The committee accepted the recommendations of the sub-committee advising DGLL to take necessary action.
- Item No 10 – Para 14- ANY OTHER POINTS
- DGLL informed that a proposal by Shri Ameer Khan, Member CACL to develop Pandian Tivu Lighthouse as a tourist place was placed before the CACL who advised DGLL to examine the case. He stated that he has got the potential examined and it was observed that the site will have difficulty in developing as a tourist potential due to remoteness and coal dust pollution. The committee noted the action.
- AGENDA ITEM NO 3 - DISCUSSION ON 12TH FIVE YEAR PLAN
- DGLL informed the members that the 12th plan proposal of the Directorate has been circulated to the members for perusal. He further stated that the proposed plan of the DGLL envisaged an outlay of Rs 853.50. This consisted of 21 spill over schemes amounting to Rs 322 crore and 26 new schemes amounting to Rs 531.50 crore. The committee noted the proposal.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.4 - SETTING UP OF VTS DIRECTORATE AT GANDHIDHA, KACHCHH (GUJARAT)
- DGLL briefed the Committee that the VTS - GOK has been commissioned and is operational from 13th February 2012. The administrative approval for creation of 68 Technical posts has been received and most of the posts have been filled. The administrative approval for VTS Directorate building at Kandla is also received. The land for the VTS Directorate building is allotted by Kandla Port Trust and the work for construction is initiated. The Directorate VTS shall be under the charge and control of DDG VTS for general administration of the 12 VTS sites having 9 Radar stations & 3 Repeater Stations. The Lighthouses of Kachchh region and Lighthouses co-located with the Radar Stations will come under the purview of DDG VTS. DGLL requested the committee for approval to the proposal for notification of the VTS Directorate with Headquarter at Gandhidham and a total no. of 19 operational stations. The Committee agreed to the proposal for Notification of VTS Directorate at Gandhidham.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.5 - DECLARING DGLL AS VTS AUTHORITY FOR GULF OF KACHCHH
- DGLL stated that there was a need of setting up VTS Authority for the operation of VTS - Gulf of Kachchh who shall be responsible to take on the spot decisions for operational functionality as per the provisions of the National and International Laws and as per the policies & guidelines framed by of the Competent Authority. On enquiry from the Chairman, DGLL stated that the Ports having their own VTS shall act as a VTS Authority for their VTS and for VTS - GOK, DGLL shall function as VTS Authority. DGLL further informed that the competent authority shall be responsible for the entire VTS system functioning in the country to ensure that the VTS is operated in accordance with the National and International Laws and as per internationally established practices. The Coast Guard Member further supplemented the DG's point of view stating that the Air Traffic Controller functioning at Airports controls the movement of aircraft; however, the policy and the guidelines are framed by the Director General Civil Aviation. On similar lines, DG Shipping can function as a competent authority for the entire VTS system functioning in the country. DGLL further informed that Technical Advisory Committee for the VTS-GOK has submitted a detailed proposal based on the report of the Sub-Committee of the TAC to the Ministry. Chairman desired an early decision on the proposal submitted by the Committee.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.6 - ESTABLISHMENT OF DIRECTORATE AT GOA TO CATER FOR LOCAL LIGHTS
- DGLL stated that a Sub-Committee was constituted under the Chairmanship of the Chief Hydrographer to the Govt. of India for improvement/taking over of Local Lights since the conditions of the Local Aids to Navigation were not found at par with the international standard and their functioning was far from the desired objectives. DGLL narrated the incident of the Malpe Lighthouse. DGLL further stated that the Committee had recommended for taking over of 21 Lighthouses; 17 in the first phase and 4 in the second phase, out of which 9 Lighthouses have been taken over by the DGLL - 7 in the West Coast and 2 in the East Coast. As large numbers of Local Lighthouses fall in the West Coast around the Goa region, DGLL proposed to form an independent Lighthouse district at Goa for the better administrative control and convenience. On a query from the Chairman, DGLL informed that the proposed Directorate will be carved out from the existing Mumbai Lighthouse Directorate having about 20 lighthouses on Goa, Karnataka and South Konkan Coast. DGLL further stated that the posts for this Local Aid Directorate have already been sanctioned and with outsourcing of some of the services, the Directorate can be effectively managed. On a further query from the Chairman on the recurring expenditure, DGLL stated that the recurring expenditure towards manpower, outsourcing and hiring of building, etc would be around Rs.1.32 crore per annum.
- Chairman enquired the number of Lighthouses that shall be left with the Mumbai Directorate to which DGLL replied that the Mumbai District will have 23 Lighthouses covering about 800 kms coastline.
- The Committee agreed to the proposal.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.7 - SETTING UP OF A NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MARINE AIDS TO NAVIGATION
- DGLL brought out the importance of having a National Institute of Marine Aids to Navigation at Mumbai which shall cater to needs of DGLL and other maritime fraternity like DG Shipping, Ports, IWAI, etc and hold the different events in all arena of marine activity. He further stated that the Institute shall have facilities of Conference Hall, Library, Lecture Hall, Heritage Museum etc. Chairman appreciated the view of DGLL and opined that it can be National Maritime Complex which can house maritime heritage museum. Chairman stated that a National Institute shall not be only giving training only to DGLL personnel but also to the other Departments/Ports under the Ministry of Shipping. However, he stated that the concept and location was agreeable but a nodal agency, which could be DGLL also, has to be decided. He requested JS(S) to work out the modalities including the nodal agency.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.8 - ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW LIGHTHOUSE AT SHANKARPUR (WB)
- DGLL informed the Committee about the importance of having a Light at Shankarpur, near Digha, on West Bengal Coast at an estimated cost o Rs 3.00 Crore. He stated that the requiremnnt of this light had been projected by Kolkata Port as the fishing trawlers operating from this location straightway get into navigation channel of Haldia which may cause hazardous situation. On a query, he informed the committee that the range of a light would be about 15 NM and will be established on 30m RCC tower. The Committee agreed to the proposal of establishment of new Lighthouse at Shankarpur (WB) at an estimated cost of Rs.3 Crore.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.9 - ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW LIGHTED BEACON AT BHET DWARKA (GIJARAT COAST)
- DGLL informed the Committee of having a Light on a small Island “Bhet Dwarka” abutting Okha at the mouth of Gulf of Kachchh at an estimated cost of Rs 0.50 Crore. He stated that the requirement of light has been projected by the Indian Navy for their surveillance activity. He further stated that the light will also be useful for nearby upcoming port “ Positra” which is being developed by the Gujarat Maritime Board. Chief Hydrographer to the Govt. of India also emphasized the need of the light. The Committee agreed to the proposal of establishment of Lighted Beacon at Bhet Dwarka at an estimated cost of Rs 0.50 Crore.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.10 - PROCUREMENT OF DEDICATED VESSEL FOR MONITORING OF ATONs & TRAINING OF OFFICERS AND STAFF
- DGLL has explained the need of having a dedicated vessel for monitoring and routine calibration of Aids to Marine Navigation (ATONs) along the coast of India in the light of mandatory performance audit of ATONs by IMO from 2015. He stated the vessel shall be used to train the Departmental officers in nautical knowledge and also associating them with various equipments that are used for navigation purposes on-board the vessel. On a query from the Chairman, DGLL stated that the vessel might be used for completion of mandatory Sea time required under Structured Ship Board Training Programme for B.Sc (Nautical Sciences) and Graduate Marine Engineers (GME) trainees from IMU. Chairman appreciated the point of the DGLL and stated that presently there is a substantial backlog due to unavailability of such berths in ships and the proposed ship would be of immense help in providing the mandatory sea time required for training of cadets which in turn will help in overcoming of unemployment and also shall accelerate supply of manpower to the shipping industry. DGLL further informed that as the training for the B.Sc. Nautical Science needs exhaustive exposure, the proposed ship would be able to cater to need of 10-15 trainees at a time. Chief Hydrographer suggested that possibility of utilizing of training facilities on the Indian Navy and Coast Guard ships too could be explored. DGLL opined that since the training duration was quite long, IN/ICG might not be in a position to spare their facilities for such continuous and long term training. After detailed deliberations committee approved the proposal of the DGLL to acquire a dedicated vessel for monitoring & calibration of ATONs and training at an estimated cost of Rs 202 Crore.
- Chairman advised the DGLL to explore the facilities of Cochin Shipyard where the present vessel of DGLL was being built.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.11 - DROPPING THE PROPOSAL OF SHIFTING OF KOVILTHOTTAM LIGHTHOUSE
- DGLL informed that a proposal for shifting the Kovilthottam Lighthouse on the Malabar Coast on the West Coast was taken during the 82nd meeting of the CACL due to the reason that the erosion on the coast was threatening the lighthouse in long run and also due to presence of Indian Rare Earths Ltd. (IREL), a Govt. of India undertaking, Dept. of Atomic Energy, conducting dredging and mining operations near the Lighthouse, who were interested in the lighthouse area and were agreeable to provide a suitable site for the Lighthouse (all inclusive cost). However, due to legal implications, it was not possible to swap the sites. In view of the above, it is proposed to drop the instant proposal of shifting of Kovilthotam Lighthouse as earlier envisaged. The Committee agreed to the proposal.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.12 - RECONSTRUCTION OF LIGHTHOUSE TOWER AT JAFFRABAD
- DGLL informed that the Jaffrabad Lighthouse on Gujarat was built in the year 1876 and it has completed 136 years of service which has outlived its useful life. He further stated that the structure was showing signs of fatigue and further repair and maintenance would not be of much help. DGLL, therefore, proposed to replace the existing structure by a 25m high Steel tower with a new Light equipment. The Committee agreed to the proposal of reconstruction of Lighthouse tower at Jaffrabad at an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.13 - ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW LIGHTHOUSE AT VALIYAZHIKKAL
- DGLL informed the committee that one of the important objective of the Directorate was to provide seamless visual coverage along the Indian Coastline and in this endeavour, a light between Kovilthottam & Allepy Lighthouses, at Valiyazhikkal, was proposed at an estimated cost of Rs 3.00 crore. On an enquiry from the Chairman about the number of lighthouses DGLL planned to provide in future , DGLL informed that they have almost achieved the objective. In future they would be establishing about 10-15 lighthouses and thereafter the requirement would be need based. He further stated that light will be established on a 30m RCC tower with 15 NM. The committee agreed to the proposal of establishment of a new Lighthouse at Valiyazhikkal at an estimated cost of Rs 3.00 Crore.
- AGENDA ITEM NO.14 – ESTABLISHMENT OF SMALL LIGHTED BEACON AT THOTAPALLY IN KOCHI
- DGLL informed the committee that fishing community of Thotapally, a small fishing hamlet near Alapuzzah, have been demanding for a lighted beacon at Thotapally. He further stated that the, requirement, of late, became obvious due to the recent unfortunate incident on firing on fishermen in Coastal Waters along the Kerala Coast. He informed the committee that the local community was ready to provide land and, if agreed, he would be taking immediate action on transferring one of the adjunct installations from Gujarat Coast to the proposed site. Given the urgency, the committee agreed to the proposal of DGLL to establish a light beacon at Thotapally at an estimated cost of Rs 0.50 Crore.
- AGENDA ITEM NO. 15 – IMPROVEMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE AT LIGHTHOUSES
- Approach Road at Keating Point Lighthouse: DGLL informed that DGLL premises are scattered all along the Coast and securing the asset in present socio-economic environment was important as in recent past a number of encroachments from various places have been reported. He stated that at Keating Point in Andaman & Nicobar Islands which was devastated in Tsunami of 2004, the earlier track was totally damaged and now there was a requirement of constructing about 3KM approach road from Main road to the station at an estimated cost of Rs 2. 025 Crore. On enquiry form the Chairman that how he planned to execute the work, DGLL informed that generally the work, due to remoteness of the site, are carried out departmentally. But in the case of Keating Point, APWD has agreed to the construction and the cost proposal was based on their estimate. The committee agreed to the proposal of approach road at Keating Point Lighthouse at an estimated coast of Rs 2.025 Crore.
- Approach Road at Sacramento Lighthouse: DGLL informed that they have a lighthouse at Sacramento on Andhra Coast which is remote and till some time back one has to cross creeks to reach this lighthouse. Now bridges have been made and therefore an approach road of about 500m from the nearby village was required. He informed the committee that the expenditure on the approach road was estimated to be about Rs 69 lakh. The committee agreed to the proposal of approach road at Sacramento Lighthouse at an estimated cost of Rs 69 lakh.
- Compound Wall at False Point, Balasore and Kadalur Point Lighthouses DGLL informed that they are having installations at False Point (Odisha), Balasore (Odisha) and Kadalur Point (Kerala). He stated that at False Point, DGLL is having 26 acres of land, at Balasore approx 34 acres of land, and at Kadalur Point 29.36 acres of land. These assets were required to be secured from encroaching. He further informed the Committee that at Kadalur Point and False Point, the sites were being developed from promotion of tourism. At Balasore, the land falls in middle of the town and station is presently base station of the NAIS. A Navtex transmitting set up was coming at the site and in future there was a plan to establish an e-Loran set up. Hence securing these assets were very important. Chairman enquired whether the estimated cost of Rs 2.03 crore was not higher side. DGLL informed that the total running meter of all the three locations are 3711 RM and the False Point site was remote where transportation cost would be higher, therefore, the estimated cost was reasonable. DGLL requested the committee to approve the proposal for compound walls at these locations. After deliberations committee agreed to (i) Construction of compound wall at False Point at an estimated cost of Rs 49 lakh
(ii) Construction of compound wall at Balasore at an estimated cost of Rs 78 lakh
(iii) Construction of compound wall at Kadalur Point at an estimated cost of Rs 76 lakh
- AGENDA ITEM NO. 16 - PROGRESS OF CAPITAL WORKS
- DGLL apprised the Committee on the progress of capital works and the committee noted the same.
- While reviewing the progress, Chairman observed the work of Rawa LH has been delayed to which DGLL informed that the project is research oriented and IIT Chennai are consultant, where the proper resin for casting the segments for FRP tower is in experimental stage. DGLL further stated that he was hopeful to complete the project in this financial year.
- Chairman further enquired about the progress on the development of transponder for fishing boats. DGLL informed that they were tasked with the development. He stated that bids have been floated and the tendering process was nearing completion. On the enquiry from the Chairman on time line, it was informed that the Pilot Project was likely to be completed by March 2013. Chairman desired that the project should be taken as a high priority project and all out efforts to be made to complete the project in a shortest possible time preferably in four months.
- AGENDA ITEM NO. 17 – FINANCIAL REVIEW OF THE DIRECTORATE
- DGLL apprised the committee about the financial status of the Directorate. The committee noted the same. There being no further point, the meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chair.
85th MEETING OF THE CENTRAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR LIGHTHOUSES CACL) HELD ON 18TH
MAY, 2012 AT 1500 HRS. IN THE CONFERENCE HALL AT TRANSPORT BHAVAN, NEW DELHI.
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
|Shri Pradeep K. Sinha, IAS, Secretary
Ministry of Shipping
|Rear Admiral S K Jha,
Chief Hydrographer to the GOI
|Shri T K Jajoria, Director (Finance)
Rep. of AS&FA
Ministry of Shipping
|Capt. R Sagar
Rep of the Nautical Advisor to the GOI
|DIG S. Paramesh
Director (Ops), Coast Guard Hqrs.
|6.Capt. Shailendra Kohli, DC
Mumbai Port Trust
|7.Shri G.S. Bhalla, SCI, Mumbai
|8.Shri Natiq Faraz Khan, Asst Director, FICCI
Rep of Sh. Ramu S. Deora, Member Executive Committee, FICCI
|9.Shri L.K. Venkat,
|Shri A. Ameer Khan,
|Shri Biju Chacko,
|Shri Dayanidhi Rout,
|Shri S. Karthikeyan,
|Shri Ishwar Kumar Singhal
|Capt. A.M. Surej,
Director General of Lighthouses & Lightships
- Shri M. C. Jauhari, IAS, JS(S), Ministry of Shipping
- Smt Kanhan Bala Hamza, US(SL) Ministry of Shipping
Also in attendance
||Comdt. (JG) K.C. Singh,Coast Guard
||Shri J.S. Chauhan, Dy.D.G., DGLL
||Shir D K Sinha, Dy.D.G, DGLL
||Shri K.K. Braroo, Dy.D.G., DGLL
||Shri P.P. Sinha, Dy.D.G., DGLL
||Shri C.B. Srivastava, Director, DGLL
||Shri Y. Umakanth, Director, DGLL
||Shri L.B.S. Yadav, Dy. Director , DGLL