Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Surat airport in Gujarat gets CISF security cover

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Wednesday took over the security of the Surat airport in Gujarat with the induction of about 360 armed personnel for providing a counter-terrorist cover to the facility, officials said. This is the 65th civil airport under the aviation security group (ASG) of the central force, that functions under the Union home ministry.

Surat, about 300 kms from state capital Gandhinagar, is the biggest diamond cutting and polishing hub of the country and as per officials, the airport handles over 1.25 lakh passengers per month.

The Centre had sanctioned the manpower for the airport in the middle of the year 2020 but the CISF induction at the facility, run by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), kept getting delayed due to logistical issues, officials told PTI.

The induction took place on Wednesday during a ceremonial event attended by officials and representatives of Gujarat government, AAI and the CISF, they said.

A deputy commandant rank officer will head the CISF contingent that is about 360 personnel strong, they added.

The airport has regular commercial flights connecting major domestic destinations like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore among others and was being guarded by personnel of the Gujarat Police and their reserve units till now.

In Gujarat, the CISF already guards the airports at Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Vadodara Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and Porbandar.

09/09/22 PTI/Economic Times

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