DIAL, AAI owe over Rs 380 crore for CISF security cover

Delhi airport operator DIAL and the Airport Authority of India jointly owe more than Rs 380 crore to CISF for providing security to various air facilities in the country. While the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), has a pending bill of Rs 305 crore, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has a unpaid bill of about Rs 75 crore as security payment for the central security force which is mandated to secure the country’s major civil airports.

CISF Director General Arvind Ranjan said these issues are being resolved and actively dealt with the respective organisations.

“We hope there will be a resolution soon. Despite this, there is no problem in salary payments being made to our personnel and officers deployed at these locations,” he said. Talking about measures to strengthen airport security, the CISF chief said a modern anti-sabotage network called the Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) is still under “experimentation” at the IGIA and the force is still not able to take its help for securing the 27-km boundary of the IGIA.

The DG said the PIDS at IGIA is prone to giving “false alarms” and it was sending about 100 such false alerts on a daily basis. It used to give about 500-600 such false alerts earlier. The PIDS is a state-of-the-art technical system which brings onboard hardware like taut wires, underground cables to a central control room which has streamlined surveillance gadgets, CCTV cameras and security personnel on one platform to secure the long perimeter of the IGIA, located amidst a hub of private infrastructure and residential buildings.

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