Aviation

20 airports in India may be sitting ducks for terrorist attacks

DELHI

Twenty hyper-sensitive Indian airports lack counter terrorist contingency plans covering their approach roads and it is “quite scary” that eight of these airports are also not covered by CISF, a Parliamentary panel has said, stressing the urgent need for an aviation security policy “before an untoward incident takes place”.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, in a latest report, said it found “it is quite scary to know that the security of eight of our hyper-sensitive and 19 of our sensitive airports are not covered by the CISF which has now become the only specialised force for aviation security.

“Now, the question is who is then guarding these airports and how secure these airports are?” The panel also found serious deficiency in crucial security gadgets at several airports and commented that “aviation security has not received the attention and importance that it deserves.”

“Counter Terrorist Contingency Plan (CTCP) by CISF at approach roads are available only at Delhi and Mumbai. The same needs to be put in place at 20 more international and hyper-sensitive airports … The Committee recommends that Airport Security should be absolute,” the panel headed by TMC Rajya Sabha MP K D Singh said in the report tabled in
Parliament during the Winter Session.

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