Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Delhi airport operator says it has no funds to pay Rs 655 crore it owes to CISF

New Delhi: IGIA may be one of the most sensitive airports in India, but the airport management says it doesn't have funds to foot the bill of security personnel deployed there.
Central Industrial Security Force chief O P Singh recently wrote to aviation secretary R N Choubey that 59 airports across India owe Rs 735.3 crore to the force for personnel deployment. Of this, Rs 655.4 crore — as much as 89% of the total amount — is owed to CISF by Delhi International Airport Private Limited alone.
Asked why DIAL was not clearing the dues, its spokesman said: "According to the state support agreement signed over 10 years ago, we are authorised to collect Rs 130 per passenger to reimburse salaries paid to CISF personnel manning our airport. However, after recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission came into force, the average salary shot up by 100%, or more. The number of personnel, too, has doubled to about 5,000 since Terminal 3 opened. The funds have increasingly become insufficient to meet salary requirements."
Terminal 3 had opened in 2010, in the runup to the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi that year.
02/08/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India