Thursday, January 04, 2018

Centre approves CISF security for Shirdi airport

New Delhi: The centre on Wednesday approved the security cover of 1,805 CISF personnel for Shirdi airport in Maharashtra, which is frequented by lakhs of Sai Baba devotees every year.
The MHA cleared the proposal to deploy the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at the facility which was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 1 last year.
This will be the 60th airport in the country that will come under the security cover of the CISF, the paramilitary force tasked with securing civilian airports in the country.
"We have received the government sanction and the force will shortly takeover full security duties at the Shirdi airport," CISF Director General O P Singh said.
TOI had first reported on October 12, 2017 that CISF will soon take over the security of Shirdi airport.
The force, along with the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the airport operator, has conducted a security survey of the facility in the last few months.
Officials said a contingent of 185 CISF personnel, both men and women, will be guarding the airport, apart from the vehicle-borne quick reaction teams (QRTs) that are specifically tasked to thwart terror bids.
03/01/18 Neeraj Chauhan/Times of India