Thursday, October 26, 2017

Immigration staff okayed for int’l airport

Surat: The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) claimed on Wednesday that that police department had sanctioned 68 cops for immigration at the airport. However, the staff would be provided only once the airport is ready for international operations. In a statement, SGCCI said that the state government had sent a proposal to the Surat police for sanctioning 68 on October 6.
However, sources in the police department stated that the sanctioning of the immigration staff is the last thing. First of all, the airport has to be ready for the international operations. The infrastructure work including civil work, runway strengthening and customs notified status are still pending. Moreover, the immigration functions will be first taken over by the State Intelligence Bureau (IB) and later on handed over to the Surat police.
Talking to TOI, police commissioner Satish Sharma said, "We are ready to provide immigration staff tomorrow, provided the airport is ready for the international operations. I spoke with the airport director whether they require staff on urgent basis, when the runway and civil works are going on and the airport is still awaiting the customs notified status."
26/10/17 Times of India
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