Monthly review of ‘sensitive’ airports, a ‘flying squad’ of women commandos for the Delhi Metro and seeking control of cargo security across airports in the country are in the works for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). The announcements were made at the annual press conference of the force on the occasion of its 46th Raising Day ceremony.
The women commandos will be deployed across Metro stations, tasked with the job of helping women passengers. The commandos could, for example, help a woman passenger access public transport if the station she alights at is located in a deserted area.
“This will create a psychological effect in the minds of people that they are being tracked. This will definitely act as a deterrent,” DG CISF Arvind Ranjan said.
A monthly review of the Delhi and Mumbai airports will also be carried out and a report on all lapses prepared, which will be circulated across airports in the country. This, officials said, will help in setting right all those areas where lapses are found. “Surprise elements and flexibility will also be ensured at all places during security drills. Mock exercises have been increased and we are now coordinating with the NSG for these,” Ranjan said.
The CISF has also sought control of cargo security across airports in the country. It has written to the Ministry of Home Affairs several times on the issue, asking them to give the force full control of cargo security. Presently, the security of cargo terminals across airports is a joint exercise between the CISF and private security personnel. “In the light of the recent attack in Karachi, we have decided to strengthen the security. We have begun joint exercises between all stakeholders at Delhi to analyse the security threat at the cargo terminals and evaluate them accordingly,” a senior CISF officer said.
Meanwhile, on the issue of the Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS), a 24-km security fence planned along the periphery of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), the CISF said it had still not been handed over the security system by airport operator, the Delhi International Airport Ltd. Reportedly, the rate of false alarms has come down to 100 a day. But the CISF has said it will accept the system only when it is “foolproof”.
On the issue of accommodation for its personnel, Ranjan said, “The CISF is in the process of acquiring land at a number of locations in and around Delhi to address the issue. We are working on a war-footing to get as much accommodation as possible for our personnel. While in the overall strength of the force, accommodation satisfaction is about 90 per cent, in large cities that remains a challenge for us.”
According to data, the force recovered lost articles worth Rs 32.06 crore during 2014 and Rs 2.97 crore in January this year at various airports across the country.