Sunday, August 27, 2017

Govt plans to upgrade security of unused airstrips

New Delhi: Security of 43 unused airports and 355 airstrips in the country is all set to be enhanced with the Home Ministry planning to review their vulnerability in view of constant threat from terror groups.
The move comes after security agencies carried out a nation-wide security audit of unused airports and airstrips considering the possibility of terrorists using remote airports to carry out terror attacks.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said he will review the security of unused airports and airstrips soon.
"I will take review soon," he told PTI.
Many of these airstrips are located in strategic areas in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan and North- Eastern states while others are located in little-known places like Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh, Belurghat in West Bengal, Nagda in Madhya Pradesh, Parsoli in Gujarat and Dhule in Maharashtra.
Besides, some of the abandoned or unused airstrips are owned by IIT Kanpur, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the Banaras Hindu University and a few industrial houses.
Of the 355 airstrips, around 100 belong to the Indian Air Force while around 60 are private.
27/08/17 Achinta Borah/India Today