India to Implement Stricter Security at Airports after Terror Attacks

Government focuses improvements on access control, detection systems


NEW DELHI: Government is deploying explosive detection equipment besides putting in place stricter access control measures at all strategic airports across the country following the seven synchronised blasts in Mumbai on Tuesday.

"Though there is no possibility of terrorist attacks on vital and prime economic installations following the Mumbai blasts, all systems are being put in place to ensure security,' home secretary V K Duggal said after an hour-long meeting with civil aviation minister Praful Patel on intensifying security at airports.

The airports were on a high alert since Tuesday night and quick reaction teams of paramilitary forces had been deployed at major airports, officials said. The strength of CISF personnel on duty at the airports has also been increased.

Duggal said a number of security equipment, manpower, baggage and personal check-in systems were being put in place. "A comprehensive programme for tighter security arrangement at all airports will be in place soon.

In the interim period, we have decided to ensure stricter access control at airports and deploying explosive detection equipment as a safety measure,' Duggal said.

While immediate security requirements were being implemented, government would soon come out with a comprehensive programme for tighter arrangements for all airports across the country, Patel said.

He added that all inputs, information and suggestions given by home ministry would be considered and precautionary measures taken. "We have generally been reactive to such attacks. We have to be pro-active now,' said the minister.

Patel said the cooperation of passengers was required not only during baggage and individual checks but also to check the number of people going inside the airport and crowding its periphery.

<<The Times of India -- 07/14/06>>