Sunday, June 28, 2020

Wait grows longer for CISF cover in Surat airport

Surat: The current pandemic situation has thrown cold water over Surat airport’s demands for Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) cover of its premises.
After the recent announcement that a force of 360 CISF personnel will take over the security of the Diamond city’s airport, the specialised security force that guard major airports in country has shown its inability to do so till around December 2021.
After years of demand, the decision to deploy CISF at the airport was announced around a year ago. In the beginning of this year, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) had even carried out final survey for the purpose.
Currently 140 police personnel are posted at the airport police station who manage immigration related work as well. Surat is perhaps the only airport in the country that operates international flights sans CISF security. According to aviation activists CISF cover is one of the most important landmarks to become international airport.
Sanjay Ezhava, an aviation activist said that CISF is a highly trained specialised force that guards 26 international airports and few domestic airports as well. International flight operators will not consider Surat for operations in such a scenario.”
28/06/20 Yagnesh Bharat/Times of India
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