New Delhi, Aug 17: A team of the Intelligence Bureau, Bureau of Civil Aviation and Home Ministry officials have begun conducting a security audit of airports across the country. The move comes following various intelligence bureau reports suggesting that airports in the country are extremely vulnerable to terrorist attacks.
The recent attack at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul had given rise to concerns about security at airports. Intelligence Bureau reports regarding the vulnerability of the airports were also given following the attack at the Brussels Zaventem airport which claimed dozens of lives.
During a review meeting of the Home Ministry it was said that airport security should not be left to the airport operator. During the meeting a proposal was also made stating that the government should be funding airport security. The audit that is being conducted would focus on several issues including high rise buildings around the airport posing a major security risk.
Further the audit would also look into the frequent entry of traffic into the airport area. The issue relating to drones too was discussed.
In the past drones flying over airports had been reported and investigations found that the same were being used by advertisers and photographers. The audit would also look into the feasibility of deploying armoured vehicles to counter bold attacks. This was a suggestion made by the CISF.
The audit team would also speak with the local police about the security. The local police will be told to keep a check on the drones. An advisory to this effect would be formally issued by the Home Ministry.
The meeting also discussed the Parliamentary Committee report on this issue. The report had pointed out flaws in the airport security in India. It had said that the CCTVs were inadequate apart from the presence of slums near the airports.
The deployment of more Central Industrial Security Force personnel had also been suggested. It was observed that India's 8 hyper sensitive and 19 sensitive airports were yet to get CISF cover.
All airports with commercial flights must have CISF cover, the committee had recommended.