The Delhi Police have asked the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to install Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTVs) within a five-km range of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The reason: thieves have been targetting the areas where there is no CCTV coverage. On March 12, a woman’s bag was stolen from the third lane outside the arrival hall of T3.
During investigation, it was found that CCTV coverage was limited till lane 2 and even the cameras installed there were not functional. “The third lane is for private vehicles. CCTV coverage there is important as anyone can come and place suspicious objects,” DCP (airport) RA Sanjeev said.
“Also, in case of theft, it becomes difficult to trace the thieves. We realised this only after a theft was reported from the area. We have written a letter to DIAL, asking them to install CCTVs from the approach road to the terminal,” Sanjeev added.
“We had arrived from Dubai on March 12 when my wife’s handbag was stolen. This happened when we were loading our baggage in our car parked in the third lane. The bag had cash and valuables worth lakhs," said Ram Singh who had filed the FIR with the IGIA police.
However, a DIAL spokesperson said, “The CCTV cameras at T3 and in the vicinity have been deployed as per the instructions of the concerned agencies. CCTV systems are being monitored by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) round the clock. As and when faults are reported, DIAL attends to the same on priority basis.”
The CISF, which is responsible for the security of the airport, had earlier identified over 50 areas on the city-side where CCTV coverage was required. According to police, northern access road also needs CCTV surveillance.
The 1.3-km-long road, which includes a 360-metre-long tunnel beneath runway 28, cuts the distance between the domestic terminals of the IGI Airport and T3.
The road has also become a potential security hazard. As the road runs through the airside area of the airport, it has increased its perimeter, which requires extra patrolling.
The mound of soil, excavated while the tunnel was being dug, has also made it easy for anyone to climb up near the boundary wall and get a close look at aircraft taxiing just a few hundred metres away.