The administration is all set to heighten security, including installation of high-resolution, night-vision closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, on roads leading to vital installations in the district. The move comes following attack at the Air Force base in Pathankot.
Besides providing third-eye surveillance, the administration has decided to set up more checkpoints, install watchtowers and increase patrolling on roads leading to international airport, Air Force station and key police establishments.
The administration has also constituted a committee for better coordination between the security agencies. The decisions were taken at a meeting of senior officers of the Air Force, Army, Airports Authority of India, police and district administration which was chaired by deputy commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu on Tuesday.
“Apart from enhancing the security at vital installations, the meeting also focused on reducing reaction time during a crisis situation such as natural disasters and terrorist attack”, said Sidhu. A police station and watch towers will also be set up on the international airport premises.
“Troops from the police lines have been deputed on security duty, especially on the highways,” said SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.
All station house officers (SHOs) in the district have been directed to set up checkpoints on roads at night to check suspected vehicles. Even residents have been asked to keep a vigil in their neighbourhood and inform the police in case of a suspicious activity. Besides, a quick reaction team (QRT), equipped with light machineguns, will keep round-the-clock vigil on the international airport.