CISF Starts Audit Of 3 JK Airports Before Takeover

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SRINAGAR — The Central Industrial Se­curity Force (CISF) has started an audit of Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports to ascertain the number of personnel which are required to deployed before it begins a take over on the instructions of Union Home ministry. Based on the audit, a report is expected to be submit­ted to the home ministry by the end of this month. “We have started the audit but will not change the exist­ing security infrastructure at these airports,” said a CISF official, on anonymity. “We want to ensure that there are no dark zones in and around these airports and if re­quired, more CCTV cameras will be installed,” said the official.

“A report on the audit will be submitted to the home ministry listing the requirement of person­nel and equipment. We are ready for deployment by January next year,” the official added.

Security on the approach road will be one of the major focus areas of the audit, considering militant activities in the region, according to CISF official. The CISF is also likely to continue with the practice of baggage stamping at these sensitive airports. A joint team of CISF, Airports Author­ity of India (AAI) and Bureau for Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) was formed last week to decide the number of personnel to be de­ployed and loopholes to be filled at these airports.

According to a civil aviation min­istry official, to bring uniformity in the country’s aviation security, the CISF has been asked by home min­istry to conduct an audit of these three airports. There are 100 opera­tional airports in India of which 61 are secured by CISF.

“A preliminary survey of the Jammu airport conducted in 2012 showed we will need 300 person­nel for round the clock security of the airport. But as per the latest es­timate we will need 400 personnel for Jammu alone,” said the official.

“The numbers for Srinagar and Leh will be fixed later as these are also busy airports,” said the CISF official. Jammu airport handled 14.43 lakh passengers in 2017-18, up from 11.59 lakh in 2016-17 while Leh handled 6.92 lakh in 2017-18 compared to 5.63 lakh, the previous year. Srinagar is the busiest among the three airports in Jammu and Kashmir with 24.40 lakh passen­gers using it in 2017-18.

“Jammu airport’s capacity is 6.5 lakh though it handled 14.43 lakh passengers while Leh airport’s ca­pacity is 2.5 lakh and it handled 6.92 lakh passengers. While Sri­nagar airport which can handle 30 lakh passengers is expected to reach its capacity by next year. We will deploy extra personnel during peak hour to clear the rush,” said the CISF officer.

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