Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Airport eatery a security threat ?

A small new restaurant to be launched right outside the arrivals gate of Pune Airport has sent alarm bells ringing through the corridors of security agencies, which have identified it as a possible threat and asked for work on it to be stopped immediately.

To be launched next month, the unenclosed restaurant is slated to have seating arrangements for 15-20 persons, placed between the auto rickshaw stand and the arrivals gate.

As there is only a single exit in the small airport for travellers, with no separate arrangements for even VIPs, agencies strongly feel security management will become too difficult once the eatery starts operating at the location — in fact, people with vested interests will also be able to keep watch on the movement of VIPs more easily.

Last Wednesday, a meeting was held in New Delhi between officials of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Airports Authority of India (AAI), in which the former raised the issue of ordering a stop-work notice for the restaurant. Despite this, the AAI has subsequently granted permission to finish it, saying that every security aspect has been looked into and there is no imminent threat.
01/03/17 Sushant Ranjan/Pune Mirror