Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Encroachments make airport easy terror target: Parliamentary panel

New Delhi:  The ultra-sensitive airports of Mumbai and Delhi may be sitting ducks for terror attacks due to glaring encroachment and development in their periphery, respectively.
A Parliamentary panel has red-flagged the slums around Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) and the hotel district near Delhi's IGI Airport (IGIA).
"At CSIA, a disaster is waiting to happen at any moment in view of dangerously placed encroachments overlapping operational areas of the airport... There is no justification in allowing encroachments inside the airport area and the committee (feels) that so long as this area is occupied by slumdwellers, CSIA is sitting on a ticking bomb," said a Parliamentary standing committee report on transport, tourism and culture, tabled in both houses of Parliament on Wednesday.
The panel identified 35 pockets of slums around CSIA and on the hillocks along Mithi river as "potential threat to aircraft and CSIA".
10/08/16 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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