HomeIndiaUnion home secretary reviews...

Union home secretary reviews crowding at airports; 1,400 more CISF personnel sanctioned for IGI


NEW DELHI: An additional 1,400 CISF personnel has been sanctioned to secure the expanding terminal areas of the Delhi Airport and also to meet the challenge of its growing passenger traffic, officials said on Thursday.

This was conveyed at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla along with the representatives of the Civil Aviation Ministry, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), Bureau of Immigration among others.

The meeting was called to review measures taken to ease the recent congestion reported at large airports, particularly in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

It was informed during the meeting that an additional force of 1,400 Central Industrial Security Force personnel would soon be deployed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport where expansion is going on at three terminals — 1, 2 and 3 — apart from its cargo hold area.

The terminal 1 renovation and expansion was scheduled to be completed by December next year or January 2024 but the government wants it be expedited and finished by November 2023, the start of the holiday season.

More CISF personnel will be required to secure the expanding areas of the IGI and hence the new manpower sanction, they said.

The enhanced manpower, over and above the existing strength of about 5,000 personnel, has been recently approved after a four-month long joint survey undertaken by security agencies. The proposal was finally moved by the BCAS and approved by the Civil Aviation ministry.

The joint review had estimated creation of about 2,400 posts for the CISF to meet the upcoming needs at the IGI but the manpower was finally rationalised at 1,400 personnel apart from filling up the existing vacancies in the sanctioned 5,000 personnel strength, sources said.

The IGI will have a total strength of about 6,500 men and women personnel after the induction of the fresh manpower, they said.

The new CISF strength will not only be used to render the core duty of the force — of providing an anti-terrorist and anti-hijack cover at the hypersensitive facility — but also to meet the challenge of the ever growing passenger footfall, both for domestic and international travel, sources said.

Bhalla had also convened the meeting to discuss with stakeholders continuous complaints from passengers about the rush at the entry gates, luggage drop and security check areas.

The meeting discussed the issue of crowding and how to fix the problems faced by passengers, an official said.

The paramilitary force, which is guarding 66 airports throughout the country at present, had deployed about 100 personnel on Wednesday at the Delhi and Mumbai airports to ease the latest cycle of congestion and to meet the due to the upcoming holiday season.

Officials said during the visit of Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia to the IGI recently, a total of 16 entry gates were operational which has been increased to 18 and will be further brought up to 20 gates.

Similarly, the number of immigration counters and security check lines are also being increased, they said.

The BCAS has also asked the airlines and the airport operators to put up posters and send awareness messages to passengers for carrying one cabin baggage and undergoing web check-in before reaching the airport.

It has also asked the airport operator DIAL (for IGI), apart from other large airports, to look at the possibility of bringing in advanced 3D baggage scanners and more automatic tray retrieval systems (ATRS).

Over the last two weeks, passengers have been posting pictures and videos of long queues and crowding at the IGI in Delhi and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, prompting authorities to take note and tell airlines and airport operators to ease the congestion.

The civil aviation ministry had also asked airlines to deploy adequate manpower at all check-in and baggage drop counters, besides requesting the scheduled airlines to update their social media feed with real-time numbers on the waiting time at airports’ entry gates. (PTI)

Most Popular

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More from Author

CDC Investigates Stroke Risk Of Pfizer Bivalent Booster

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still...

This Cancer Drug Can Increase Longevity, Study Finds

A new study has found that a particular cancer drug has...

American Heart Association Reports Largest Increase In Cardiovascular-Related Deaths

A recent report by the American Heart Association has found that...

Ants Can Detect Cancer Tumors In Urine, Scientists Find

Move over dogs, ants are the new olfactory superheroes. A new...

Read Now

CDC Investigates Stroke Risk Of Pfizer Bivalent Booster

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is still looking into the reported stroke risk of older adults who received Pfizer’s bivalent booster shots. Health officials from the agency gave an update Thursday on the issue, which was brought to light earlier this month, saying the...

This Cancer Drug Can Increase Longevity, Study Finds

A new study has found that a particular cancer drug has the ability to extend life span. The finding is a shot in the arm for the scientists racing against time.The study, published in the journal Nature Aging, showed that long-term treatment of healthy mice from middle...

American Heart Association Reports Largest Increase In Cardiovascular-Related Deaths

A recent report by the American Heart Association has found that the COVID-19 pandemic indirectly led to the largest increase in cardiovascular-related deaths in the U.S.The data report, published Wednesday in the journal Circulation, found that 2020, the first year of the pandemic, saw the most number...

Ants Can Detect Cancer Tumors In Urine, Scientists Find

Move over dogs, ants are the new olfactory superheroes. A new study has found that ants can "sniff out" cancer tumors in urine samples.The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that ants’ sense of smell is so strong that they can detect...

74th Indian Republic Day Parade 2023 – All You Need To Know

Building on last year’s celebrations, in the 75th year of Independence, celebrated as ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the Republic Day celebration this year shall witness zeal, enthusiasm, patriotic fervour, and ‘Jan Bhagidari’, as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President Droupadi Murmu will lead the Nation in celebrating...

Here’s What A High-Fat Diet Does To The Brain

Fatty foods taste so good. There’s no denying it. But there’s a new reason to avoid it since according to a recent study, a high-fat diet leads to more food intake and weight gain. Scientists from Penn State College of Medicine reported in their study published in The...

Updated Boosters Lower COVID-19 Risk By Half: CDC

The updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters are very dependable when it comes to preventing the disease, with new data showing they cut the risk of getting sick from the coronavirus by about half. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new studies on the bivalent boosters this...

Constitution makers’ vision guiding our Republic: Prez Murmu

STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Founders of the Constitution gave us a map and moral framework, the task of “walking that path remains our...

Digital currency to further bolster digital economy, says RBI

CHANDIGARH: Digital currency will further bolster the digital economy, make payment system more efficient, reduce cost involved in physical cash management and also...

Multi-layer security cover in Delhi for Republic Day celebrations

NEW DELHI: A multi-layer security cover has been put in place ahead of Republic Day celebrations in the national capital to thwart any...

Main shooter behind grenade attack on Punjab Police intelligence HQ arrested: NIA

NEW DELHI: A terror operative who was the main shooter in the grenade attack on the Punjab Police intelligence headquarters in Mohali last...

26 unsung heroes honoured with Padma awards

NEW DELHI: Medical professional Dilip Mahalanabis, who returned from the US to serve in 1971-Bangladesh war refugee camps and promoted world wide use...