DGCA bans walking in apron and taxiway areas

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New Delhi, Oct 26 (UNI) The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has banned walking in the apron and taxiway areas of airports from today.

Mr K N Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, told a press conference today after a meeting with representatives of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), CISF and AAI that srict instructions have been given to check the antecedents and background of the employees of contractors and sub-contractors of airlines and airport operators.

They have also been asked to maintain strict surveillance of private contractors, employees and staff providing various services to airlines and airport operators, he added.

The DGCA informed the gathering that from today walking in the apron areas and on the taxiway at the airside areas of airports will be strictly prohibited.

Stricter enforcement of rules and regulations are sorely needed, he said. It has also been decided that violators shall be strictly punished and may even lose their right to enter the airport.

The Ministry has issued strict instructions regarding the security aspects of activities on the airside including vehicular movement, storage and placement of ground handling equipments, and movement of security personnel, labour and service providers within the area.

The stakeholders have been directed to be alert about the movement of screened cargo to and from aircraft, theft and pilferage of registered baggage and cargo, disposal of prohibited items recovered from passengers and also about the maintenance of perimeter security.

The Ministry has also called for adequate deployment of CISF personnel including female personnel in aviation security.

An Air Deccan staffer was killed on Tuesday night in the ramp area of the IGI airport here, after being hit by a vehicle.

The deceased, identified as Sanskriti Sinha, aged 21, was a maintenance technician on evening duty at the Delhi International Airport.

''Prima facie it appears to be a tragic case of hit and run.

Ms Sinha was in full compliance of all requisite safety requirements and was wearing a high visibility jacket,'' an Air Deccan statement had said.

UNI

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