Aviation

Major security overhaul likely at airports

DELHI: A major overhaul of the security infrastructure at airports across India is on the cards over an increased threat of terrorist attack.

A joint team of officials from the ministry of home affairs, the Intelligence Bureau and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) is conducting a security audit of airports across the country, reports Hindustan Times.

Each airport will then be categorised according to its perceived vulnerability.
“We are going to upgrade security infrastructure at all civilian airports,” said ministers of state (home) Kiren Rijiju, who jointly chaired a meeting with minister of state (civil aviation security) Jayant Sinha in this regard on August 5.

The meeting was attended by national security advisor Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma, secretary (civil aviation) Rajiv Nayan Choubey, BCAS head Kumar Rajesh Chandra and CISF chief Surender Singh.

“(It was) concluded that securing airports was basically the responsibility of the government and it cannot be left in the hands of the airport operator. A view emerged that the government should look at the possibility of funding airport security,” said a senior government official who participated in the meeting. He spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The meeting was focused on the most vulnerable areas, such as traffic entering the airport area, cargo areas frequented by private contractors, and drones. High-rise structures around the airports were also underlined as a potential threat source, and ways to secure them were discussed.

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