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‘Airports under 26/11 kind of threat’

Major airports like Delhi’s IGI Airport are facing a 26/11 kind of terror threat.

delhi Updated: Mar 08, 2010 22:51 IST
HT Correspondent

Major airports like Delhi’s IGI Airport are facing a 26/11 kind of terror threat.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which provides security cover at all civil airports in India, has deployed additional personnel on the city side of airports like IGIA.

“Terrorists may now try to attack the airports at peak hours from the front side so they can to inflict maximum damage,” said CISF Additional Director General (Airports) M.S. Bali in a press conference today.

Usually, CISF only provides security within the airport boundary and the police covers the city side. At Delhi, however, the CISF has taken over security at city side also and will soon be doing the same at Mumbai.

Bali said terrorists may now try to attack an airport. “This is a view, it may be correct or not,” he said.

Anti-intrusion system

The IGI Airport will get a Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) by the second week of April. The system will help secure the airport’s 37-km-long periphery.

“We are in the process of installing the system. It would be done by DIAL (the private airport developer),” said Director General of CISF N.R Das.

No body scanners yet

Full-body passenger scanners at airports, a proposal being considered by Central security agencies, is likely to be a secondary medium of checking ‘suspicious’ people. Das said a decision on installations of such scanners in airports will be taken by the government.

Security for Games

The CISF will provide nearly 4,000 personnel to provide security cover to the Commonwealth Games venues. CISF will take over security of all the venues from April 1.

CISF has also trained 900 personnel to man CCTV control rooms that will keep an eye on the Games venues, apart from the airport.