Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CISF to get full-fledged bomb squad at airport

Pune: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) contingent guarding the airport here will soon have a full-fledged bomb detection and disposal unit.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is currently procuring the required equipment for the bomb detection and disposal units at 17 airports, including the facility in Pune.
“AAI is in the process of procuring the equipment needed to make the squad fully operational. The equipment will be handed over to the paramilitary force,” Hemendra Singh, assistant inspector general and CISF public relations officer said.
“The process to procure the equipment should not take much time. AAI is the service provider and is set to get those,” the senior officer told TOI.
Sources said at present, only six of the CISF-manned airports — Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kochi, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai — have the equipment necessary to detect and diffuse explosives.
Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) regulations state that as many as 28 equipment were needed for a full-fledged bomb disposal squad. The sources added that though some of these equipment are available at a few airports, the squad on the task couldn’t be described as a full-fledged one.
11/04/18 Joy Sengupta/Times of India