Indian Coast Guard Director-General Rajendra Singh inaugurated a multi-mission aircraft hangar at the Coast Guard Air Enclave here on Friday, giving a boost to the futuristic expansion of ICG’s air operation.The ICG’s air assets, including two Dornier aircraft, at Bhubaneswar will swiftly respond to maritime contingencies at extended ranges, ensuring the safety and security off the coast of Odisha, Mr. Singh said.The aircraft are regularly deployed extensively for maritime surveillance, search and rescue and disaster management along the Odisha and West Bengal coasts. It has been tasked with the responsibility of patrolling over 1.5 lakh sq. km of the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone in the Bay of Bengal. Besides, the aircraft were recently deployed for air-dropping of food packets during flash floods in Odisha’s Rayagada district.According to ICG, the Centre has approved a ₹32,000-crore plan that will give more teeth to the security agency. The Coast Guard aims to improve its force level to 175 ships and 110 aircraft by 2022.K.C. Pande, Additional D-G and Coast Guard Commander (Eastern Seaboard), and Kuldeep Singh Sheoran, I-G, were present on the occasion.