CISF to step up security at airport

Central Industrial Security Force officials said the paramilitary force responsible for securing airports across the country had plans to tighten security,keeping in mind the increased threat perception at airports.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 8, 2009 3:14 am

Central Industrial Security Force officials said the paramilitary force responsible for securing airports across the country had plans to tighten security,keeping in mind the increased threat perception at airports.

Niraj Ranjan Das,director general of the CISF,who was speaking on the occasion of its 40th Raising Day ceremony,said the plan included making provisions for concourse security — an elaborate security check at the first entry point to the airport. “We are planning to check passengers and their baggage at the airport gate itself after incidents where bullet shells were recovered from inside the airport premises. We have plans to have a thorough security check at the first entry gate itself to avoid any untoward incident,” Das said at the annual CISF press conference.

The proposal comes in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks and an increased threat perception at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. At present,only the Srinagar airport has a concourse plan,where passengers are thoroughly frisked before entering the airport.

Officials,however,said a concourse plan cannot be implemented in Delhi. “In India,only the security hold plan works,as the concourse plan would lead to traffic congestion,” MS Bali,Additional Director General,Airport Security,said. Senior CISF officials said the modalities of such a plan were being worked out.

In the security hold checking plan,passengers and their baggage are thoroughly checked only upon entry into the security hold area,and not at the first entry point into the airport.

‘Pvt sector not a priority’
The CISF has said even though there has been an amendment in its Act for providing security to private installations,the private sector,including hotels,is not on the force’s priority list. CISF Director General Niraj Ranjan Das said,“We already have received requisition from around 51 private companies seeking security cover and we are assessing their need.” While accepting that there was indeed a need to provide professional security cover to private sector organisations,a senior CISF official said the first priority would be the oil,IT and power sectors besides airports and seaports. “The second priority would be given to industries located in militancy-affected areas and then come industries with heavy investments.”

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