Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 27
Although airports in most of the country face a high level of threat perception, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has marked several gaps in the establishment of aviation security.
The CAG analyzed the situation in two hypersensitive airports, two sensitive airports and an airport where only chartered flights and helicopters operated, all under the jurisdiction of the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The report, presented this week, did not identify the airports.
"The AAI has been slow in acquiring and installing security equipment and technology as mandated by the Office of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to improve the efficiency of security personnel in response to security breaches and also provide a high level of protection for people and property at the airport, "observed the CAG.
“There were delays in the evaluation and acquisition of the main safety equipment necessary for security control. Despite the considerable amount of time, some of the security equipment and technology have not yet been acquired or installed at selected airports, ”the report said.
Despite the instructions of the BCAS and as decided by the AAI, the Perimeter Intrusion Detection System could not be installed in any of the airports selected for the audit nor could the bomb detection and disposal squads be fully operational. The AAI was also unable to install an electrohydraulic bollard system, a tire and a road blocker at airports, and the biometric access control system could not be made functional either.
Regarding the deployment of CISF for airport security, the shortage ranged from 2 percent of the sanctioned force to 51 percent. The CAG also noted the lack of availability of personnel trained in aviation security, which ranged from 60% to 100%, and cases of unskilled inspectors deployed at the airport were also noted.