Airports Authority India
Chinmayi Shalya, TNN Sep 17, 2011, 06.16am IST
MUMBAI: Policemen have finally taken their post at Juhu airport . Following the security threat last Tuesday, which specified that the Mumbai airport is in danger of being attacked by small planes, Airports Authority of India sprhung into action. After a series of high-level meetings with security heads, AAI asked the local police to deploy personnel to check passengers and guard the airport boundary.
Juhu airport has been in focus since the security threat due to its porous boundary and lack of security. Almost 1.5 meters of the airport boundary has been broken into by Nehru Nagar slums which have encroached 29 acres of the airport premises. The slums are only 100 meters from the airport’s secondary and more frequently used runway.
AAI officials said that negotiations with the Central Industrial Security Force are going on and they may come to Juhu by October. However, till then, AAI has asked local police to guard the airport. “We are conducting meetings and surveys at the airport to make sure that no security loopholes remain in the absence of CISF. More police personnel will be posted in keeping with the requirements,” said M Yadgiri, airport director.
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