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District police to tackle terror threats from areas facing runway: Security panel

Dwarka,Kapashera,areas in direct line of runway,to be manned by Southwest police

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published: August 12, 2013 12:33:52 am

The Southwest district police will now be roped in to create a comprehensive security plan for the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA),specifically focusing on how to deal with terror threats from Dwarka and Kapashera,areas that face the runway. The recommendation was made at a Cabinet Secretariat meeting held last week,sources said.

A committee comprising representatives from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS),the Delhi Police and the Ministry of Civil Aviation had recently visited the airports of San Diego and Amsterdam to review the security apparatus there. Following their visit,the committee submitted a list of recommendations,which included the threat that the IGIA faces from MANPADS (man-portable air defense systems).

While the committee had recommended a security plan for the airport,including surveillance on roads approaching the IGIA,the meeting convened last week suggested a security plan specific to areas such as Dwarka and Kapashera.

Sources said Southwest district police has been roped in to put in place suggestions for the implementation of a security apparatus.

An airport official said,“Areas such as Dwarka and Kapashera are in direct line of sight of the runway,especially at the funnel area where aircraft0 depart and take-off. These too are in direct line of sight of a possible terror attack. The areas are almost exposed and need a proper plan in place”.

Officials said the plan would include deployment of additional manpower and CCTV cameras. Sources said local police would be required to supply manpower on the periphery of the funnel area.

At the meeting,which according to sources was primarily held to discuss the pending Aerocity project,officials said,the recommendations of BCAS and the committee that visited San Diego and Amsterdam still stood. The recommendations also included installing bulletproof glass,an alarm system,and blocking some of the rooms facing the runway. In addition to the previous suggestions,the plan to include Southwest district police to enhance security was suggested.

Officials said once the new comprehensive security plan is prepared,a meeting would be convened with senior officers of the Delhi Police and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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