For 18 sensitive airports: CISF
Mar 5, 2012
New Delhi: To strengthen security at 18 “sensitive” airports in the country, the CISF is set to deploy a variety of advanced scanning machines and arm its personnel with world class technology gadgets.
The paramilitary force guards a total of 58 airports at present and has categorised those at Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai and 12 others as sensitive on grounds of security considerations.
Airport security challenge. Reuters
“We are using a host of gadgets for airport security and many more will be deployed in the future,” Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) chief Rajiv told reporters at the annual press conference of the force today.
The Director General (DG) said that the much-awaited Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi has also been put for “trials” and is expected to be made operational soon.
CISF Special DG (Airports) Arun Chaudhary said that the force is installing the new gadgets with the help of the airport operators and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
“We are working to deploy additional equipment working on world class technologies at 18 sensitive airports of the country. We have got a lot of success in doing this. Twenty-six different kinds of gadgets like explosive baggage scanners and others are being deployed,” Chaudhary said.
He, however, clarified that these gadgets do not include ‘full-body scanners’.
The DG said that the CISF will soon begin working with the help of the PIDS, which is going to ensure against unauthorised entry to the tarmacs at the Mumbai and Hyderabad airports.
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