CISF to take over security at city side of airport

P. Oppili

CHENNAI: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will soon take over the security of the city side of the airport (the main entrance and the area opposite the terminal buildings, where parking is allowed) also.

At present, the Airport Police are taking care of the security.

K. Jayanth Murali, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, CISF, South Zone, said that with increased threat perceptions, the CISF had proposed take-over of security . This was approved by the CISF headquarters.

Over 250 personnel would be required to take care of the city side, he said. The personnel would be deputed soon. The CISF would organise regular patrolling and handle security-related works. Security from the entrance had already been handed over to the CISF in many airports, he said.

The existing strength of the CISF at the airport would be increased to 970 from 586. A total of 384 new posts have been created, Mr. Murali said. The selected persons for the new posts would reach the airport in batches in the next couple of months.

A re-survey would be taken up soon to study the requirements of security personnel for the international and domestic terminals that are coming up at the airport. The study included creating additional deployment points at the new terminals. A four-tier security system would be in place at the new terminals, which included city side, security hold area, airside and peripheral security.

On bunkers, Mr. Murali said that they would become permanent features in the new terminals and also in the existing terminals.

A new monitoring system using closed circuit television cameras would be introduced to keep vigil on the movement of people on the city side. Similarly, the existing temporary bunkers would be made permanent, Mr. Murali said.