Monday, January 25, 2016

Slums near wall a security risk: Airport officials

Aurangabad: Mushrooming encroachments have aggravated Aurangabad airport's woes after fumes from burning garbage at Naregaon nearly impeded two landings last year.
Airport authorities complain that the residents of the encroaching slums often hop over the boundary wall, posing a serious security threat.
"The slums around the airport pose a grave security threat as they are located close to the area of aircraft operations. Recent instances of breach of security across the country and outside prove that potential threats be mitigated as soon as possible. These issues should be given paramount importance," said Aurangabad Airport director, Alok Varshneya.
"The vigilance team of Airport Authority of India, during their recent visit to Aurangabad airport, had strongly objected to the growing illegal slums across the boundary walls of the airport. The slums have even utilised the airport boundary walls for construction of their houses. They have also dumped huge debris across the wall which enables people jump over it into the airport operational area. The residents had also diverted the drainage water into the airport premises through the walls, causing pollution," he added.
25/01/16 Ranjana Diggikar/Times of India

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