Aviation

Delhi airport says it can’t foot its security bill!

DELHI: The GMR-led operator of the Delhi airport has told the government it would not be able to meet even the mandatory security expenses at India’s biggest aviation hub, and that Delhi should instead finance the widening deficit in the dedicated corpus created for the purpose, reports The Economic Times.

“Please note that as there is a severe shortage of funds and in case the deficit continues to build up… we shall not be able to meet even the mandatory expenditure to maintain the security of the airport,” the Delhi International Airport (DIAL) CEO I Prabhakar Rao wrote in a letter last week to CISF DG OP Singh. CISF runs airport security.

The cost of security is funded through the passenger service fee (PSF) of Rs 130 each departing passenger pays. The fund accumulated from the levy is used primarily to pay the salaries of the CISF personnel manning the airports.

Officials say that it costs more than Rs 1,300 crore to provide security at airports across the country, while the fund collected through PSF falls short by more than Rs 400 crore.

Of this shortfall, the state-owned Airports Authority of India has a deficit of Rs 150 crore a year, which it pays from its own corpus. Private airports, however, do not pay from their own corpus. Mumbai airport was surplus until the Terminal 2 began operations.

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