To monitor suspicious activities, the Delhi Police have decided to install CCTV cameras on all three roads leading to the Indira Gandhi International airport.
There are three entry points to the airport from National Highway 8.
These roads will come under electronic surveillance from the point the security barricades start, a few metres away from the airport.
The Delhi Police have asked Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to install cameras on the approach roads. After cameras are installed, the Delhi Police will be able to check suspicious activities within a five-km radius of the airport.
“The area outside the Delhi airport has changed a lot and commercial activities have increased. We need to monitor not only the areas near the airport, but also the approach roads leading to it. We have requested for cameras,” said a senior Delhi Police official.
Cameras that can read number plates will also be installed at strategic locations.
Areas where cameras need to be installed have been identified. The sophisticated cameras will help police to trace vehicles even after they have left the airport area.
“We had consulted a private firm to suggest strategic locations where CCTV cameras need to be installed. We want each and every vehicle coming to the airport to be scanned. After the firm submitted the report, we forwarded it to DIAL,” the official added.
According to police, the northern access roads also require CCTV surveillance. The 1.3-km-long road, which includes a 360-metre tunnel beneath runway 28, cuts the distance between the domestic terminals of the IGI Airport and T3.
The road makes the lives of passengers easier but has also become a potential security hazard. As the road runs through the airside area of the airport, it requires extra patrolling.