The northern access road to the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, which provides a shorter, direct link between the domestic terminals and Terminal 3 (T3), will soon be under 24X7 camera surveillance.
The 1.3-km-long road, which includes a 360-metre-long tunnel beneath the runway 28, cuts the distance between the domestic terminals of the IGI Airport and T3. The road connects the Palam-Dwarka roundabout near the domestic airport with T3 and also makes travelling to T3 from west and southwest Delhi easier.
The road, while it makes the lives of passengers easy, 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. The responsibility of patrolling the city side of the airport is with the Delhi Police, which is facing a manpower crunch.
To secure the area in a better way, the police have asked the private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) to install CCTV cameras along the road.
RA Sanjeev, deputy commissioner of police (airport) said that the access road is a long stretch and the soil heaps has exposed the airport but patrolling along the road has been increased. The police could have put up barricades on the stretch to check vehicles but that would have slowed down and obstructed traffic movement.
Sanjeev said that the matter has been taken up to the ministry of home affairs. “The ministry has agreed in principal in a meeting held last month,” he said, adding, “DIAL will be asked to install the cameras, which could take up a couple of months.”
To begin with, the camera feeds will be monitored by the police from the old police station at the airport. “We have also asked DIAL to construct a new building at the airport from where the surveillance monitoring would be carried out later,” he said.
“We will carry out the recommendations made by the security agencies,” said a DIAL spokesman. According to sources at the airport, there are plans of landscaping the soil mounds along the road.