The Mumbai train blasts have at long last shaken the Ministry of Civil Aviation into some action. CISF, responsible for security at country's 54 important airports, has sent a detailed proposal for equipping airports with sophisticated security gadgets.
A team headed by CISF's DG SIS Ahmed toured Heathrow Airport in London recently to study the security gadgets installed there. "Theirs is a vastly different security scenario compared to ours. In India, we are suffering the brunt of terrorism and practices will have to be different here. But we feel the need to buttress the security with help of technology," said he.
Ahmed said that the Ministry of Civil Aviation has been apprised with the requirement for sophisticated equipment at the airports. "This is being taken up on a priority basis and the gadgets will be in place soon," said he.
Apart from checking for explosives and weapons, CISF has proposed to put in place an extensive access control system. "This will allow us to focus on passengers and baggage. For a biometrics system will have the palm/fingerprint and retina scan of each person working at the airport. Similarly, vehicles which frequent the operational area will also be identified with radio infrared tags," said an officer.
CISF will also deploy more sniffer dog squads. Orders have been placed for seven X-Ray machines of which three have been installed and the other four will be installed during the second week of August 2006.