Thursday, December 10, 2020

For better security, airport to get higher walls, more lights

Chennai: In a bid to enhance security arrangements, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to increase the height of perimeter walls, install better watch towers for CISF personnel and execute related work at the Chennai airport. The authority may hire an agency by the end of the month for the work.

The move comes after Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials advised airport officials to increase the height of the wall at around ten spots. They did an inspection as part of an audit that was held a few months ago.

“They felt that the height of the wall should be increased in some areas. The airport has residential areas and private property in some parts and also a river passing through the campus under a bridge. These are points where security has already been improved with more surveillance from the watch tower,” said an official.

A tender has been called for to increase the height of the walls and also to set up better watch towers.

There have been a few instances of people intruding from the far corners of the compound in the past few years.

In the absence of a modern monitoring system, CISF personnel are posted in watchtowers along the perimeter which also has barbed wire fencing on top of the wall. The security personnel also drive by the road that runs along the wall inside the airport.

Illumination has been improved last year by installing lights that face the outer areas of the airport so that intrusion attempts can be detected.

Sources said the attempts to modernise perimeter monitoring using intruder alarm and sensors did not take off. The plan to have a sensor-driven electronic perimeter intruder detection system was mooted in 2017. It was to be completed in 2018.

10/09/20 Times of India

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