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CISF takes charge of Ayodhya airport security

PTI
Published : Jan 11, 2024, 2:46 am IST
Updated : Jan 11, 2024, 2:46 am IST

A formal induction ceremony was held at the airport on Wednesday for inducting the CISF squad

Students make a graffiti depicting Lord Ram, Laxman, Bharat, Shatrughna and goddess Sita on the wall of an overbridge near the Maharshi Valmiki International Airport, in Ayodhya, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. (PTI Photo)
 Students make a graffiti depicting Lord Ram, Laxman, Bharat, Shatrughna and goddess Sita on the wall of an overbridge near the Maharshi Valmiki International Airport, in Ayodhya, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024. (PTI Photo)

Ayodhya/New Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force on Wednesday took charge of the Ayodhya airport security with the deployment of more than 150 personnel, days before the high-profile consecration ceremony at the Ram temple on January 22, a spokesperson said. The 'Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhyadham' is the country's 68th civil airport terminal to come under the umbrella of the specialised Aviation Security Group (ASG) of the central force.

A formal induction ceremony was held at the airport on Wednesday for inducting the CISF squad. Representatives from the airline operators and various stakeholders were also present during the occasion, the spokesperson said.

The CISF is committed to providing 24x7 security coverage to the airport. This initiative aims to ensure secure passage for pilgrims and visitors to the holy city, contributing to a safe and enriching experience for all, he said.

The CISF, as per official sources, will provide an anti-terrorist and anti-sabotage cover to the airport that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 30 last year.

The force will frisk passengers, check their baggage and secure the perimeter of the facility, they said.

An armed contingent of more than 150 CISF personnel under the command of a deputy commandant-rank officer has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs for securing the Ayodhya airport that will be enhanced in phases over the 821-acre land sanctioned for it, the sources added.

PTI had reported last year that the new airport in the Hindu holy town in Uttar Pradesh will be secured by the CISF, given the threat perception to the facility that will serve as the air gateway to pilgrims and visitors.

A review by central security and intelligence agencies recommended a professional security cover for the airport like the one provided by the CISF.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had said last year that the capacity of the airport will be enhanced gradually.

"In the first phase, the airport will be spread across 65,000 square feet.  Its capacity will be to handle two to three flights every hour. Work is on to build a 2,200-metre runway. It means that Boeing 737 and Airbus 319 and 320 will be able to land at the airport. Initially, there is an airport apron for eight aircraft," Scindia had told reporters.

He had also said that the Cabinet's approval will soon be taken for the second phase.

"In the second phase, as already said by the chief minister (Yogi Adityanath), the length of the runway will be increased from 2,200 metres to 3,700 metres. In other words, the length of the runway will be around four kilometres, so that international aircraft like Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 can land in Ayodhya," Scindia said.

The minister had also said that the second phase of the airport will cover 50,000 square metres.

The CISF was entrusted with the task of guarding civil airports in the aftermath of the 1999 hijack of the Indian Airlines Kathmandu-Delhi flight, IC-814, to Kandahar in Afghanistan.

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Location: India, Uttar Pradesh