Tuesday, February 23, 2016

‘Security lapses visible at airport’

Mumbai: The security department of Mumbai International Airport last week received a letter from the local Sahar police station, raising several security concerns. The letter said that at various points of the city airport, security lapses are visible and the airport authority needs to work on them. The letter pointed out as many as four areas vulnerable to security lapses.
The letter, according to airport sources, states that the Sahar elevator road directly reaching the airport is very sensitive and affords views of
ITC Maratha, Grand Hyatt and J.W. Marriott Hotels along with the airport terminal building and multi-level parking building. Owing to this, it would be easy for anyone to attack these vital installations by rocket launcher or anything from this road so a seven to eight feet tall view cutter should be installed here.
The letter also raised concerns that with no strict security check at the entrance, any vehicle or person with luggage (read: explosives) can reach the terminal. Hence, there should be security check at the entrance area, it said.
The letter further stated that all vehicles coming to the airport should be checked. The parking area has only two explosive vapour detectors (VPRs) while it has eight gates for cars to enter. Hence, there is scope for security lapse.
24/02/16  Ashita Dadheech/Asian Age
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