Aviation

Airports to increase security

DELHI: A major plan to provide an enhanced anti-terror cover to airports is in the offing which will involve deploying smart CCTV cameras, armoured vehicles and perimeter protection fences at these facilities.

The CISF, tasked with providing armed cover to 59 civil airports in the country, has embarked on a first-ever mission to prepare a ‘concept paper’ to standardise security gadgetry and infrastructure at these locations, reports PTI.

Once in place, the country’s airports would be among some of the best secured across the globe.

A high-power panel comprising officials of the CISF, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and airport operators has begun conducting a ground assessment at select airports and the beginning of ‘tag-free’ hand baggage for passengers is a measure in this direction.

The initial upgrade of such security systems is expected to be operationalised in the next few months.

“We are in the process of preparing a concept paper for integrating the overall security architecture at airports under our cover. It will spell out the entire gamut of security-related protocols. We expect that our task in this domain will enhance and hence standardisation of such issues is important,” CISF Director General O P Singh told PTI.

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