Passengers coming out of the Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) are more vulnerable to touts, than they were at Terminal 2. With Commonwealth Games less than a month away, the touting activity — which had reached to near zero at the old terminals — has suddenly gained momentum after the launch of T3.
Security agencies blamed the ongoing construction and presence of large number of workers for increase in touting activity. The number of touts caught in last one month has got doubled in comparison to last six month. CISF arrested 18 touts from T2 and T1 in March; 11 in April, 18 in May, 14 in June, 17 in July.
In August, when T3 was launched, 38 touts were caught. “With over 10,000 workers still working at the Terminal 3, it is very difficult to identify who is a tout and who is a worker and control anti-social elements. It is a difficult task with the Commonwealth Games less than 30 days away.
But, we have to find a way. The tourists are getting a bad impression of the country,” said a senior official of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF). CISF is responsible for the security of the airport across the country and it has caught 11 touts from T3 where the commercial operation has started 40 days ago.
“We used to caught one or two touts in a week at terminal 2 but the activities has increased suddenly. We are receiving a lot of complaints and nine were caught in the first 10 days. We are able to put a break on it,” the CISF official added. The touting activity at domestic terminal is more as the passenger flow is increasing on domestic route.
Safety of passengers leaving the Delhi Airport is a matter of prime concern in the backdrop of the upcoming Common-wealth games. But with fleecing auto drivers and touts making merry at the premises, the security agencies are worried.