CISF to install high tech gadgets at airports
The premier paramilitary force, which guards 54 airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, will put the new system in place by the end of this year.india Updated: Jul 19, 2006 04:47 IST
With airports perceived to be a major target of terrorists, the CISF has decided to install imported state-of-the-art explosive detection system at all such sensitive installations across the country to tighten the security mechanism.
The premier paramilitary force, which guards 54 airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, will put the new system in place by the end of this year as part of its efforts to upgrade the overall security paraphernalia, CISF sources said in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Automatic Explosive Detection System and Explosive Tracer detection System would be installed at all major airports while the hand-held metal detectors presently used will be replaced by ultra-sensitive ones, they said.
The force is planning to purchase the gadgetry from the US or France and the acquisition would run into crores of rupees.
Airports across the country, particularly in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, have been on a high alert since the Mumbai blasts last week.
"There are serious threat perceptions about airports... We have some information that airports could also be targets (of terrorists)," Civil Aviation Secretary Ajay Prasad said last week, three days after serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.