Friday, November 04, 2016

Air service to Jaisalmer caught in security bind

Jaisalmer: Shortage of security personnel has become a major setback for starting the proposed air service to Jaisalmer, delaying the much-needed air connectivity to the tourist destination.
The CID-BI (border intelligence) has written to the airport authority on the lack of staff required for security check of passengers.
Recently , Supreme Airlines and the Airport Authority of Jaisalmer had announced starting the air service from November 1. Confirming the problem, CID Jodhpur zone SP Shweta Dhankad said separate staff was required for security check. At present, CID-BI had only 40 personnel in Jaislamer district and more staff was required for the proposed service. Speaking to TOI, Jodhpur Airport Authority of India (AAI) director S K Singh said as that border intelligence had expressed their inability to provide security staff, resulting in the delay in starting the Jaisalmer service.
Discussions have been held with many senior officers in this regard. The Jaisalmer civil airport is ready to start the service and all facilities and resources are ready for the airport to become completely operational, he said.
04/11/16 Vimal Bhatia/Times of India