Friday, June 28, 2019

CISF, BCAS team surveys security mechanism at Surat airport

Surat: A delegation of senior officials from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) surveyed the security mechanism at Surat airport on Thursday.
Last month, the ministry of civil aviation and the ministry of home affairs finally gave its approval to the airport’s long-pending demand for deployment of CISF. The BCAS agreed to deploy CISF for security following the phenomenal rise of more than 1.5 lakh in passenger traffic per month, airport’s strategic location as well as international flight operations between Surat and Sharjah.
The senior officials from BCAS and CISF had marathon meetings with Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials on Thursday wherein they discussed about the security parameters and security mechanism at the airport, which is at present under state police’s control. Despite rise in passenger traffic, the airport lacked adequate security arrangements with only 95 state police personnel stationed at the airport against the required strength of 114 personnel. At the inaugural flight of AirAsia from Bengaluru to Surat in June 2018, there was security breach with people accompanying the MPs from Surat and Navsari trespassing into the restricted areas of the airport. The regional chief security officer (RCSO) (Western region) of AAI was directed to investigate the matter.
28/06/19 Melvyn Reggie Thomas/Times of India
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