Paramilitary CISF To Take Over Leh Airport’s Security This Week

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A brand new passenger terminal on the airport is being constructed at a price of Rs 480 crore (File)

New Delhi:

The CISF is scheduled to take over on August Four the safety of the Leh airport, the nation’s highest-altitude industrial aerodrome within the newly created Union Territory of Ladakh, officers stated.

A contingent of about 100 CISF personnel will present round the clock, armed safety on the strategically vital airport, situated at 3,256 metres above sea degree, they stated.

The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), would be the 64th civil airport to be introduced underneath the quilt of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). It is guarded by the native police at current.

Ladakh grew to become a UT on October 31 final yr after the central authorities revoked the particular standing given to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into UTs.

The CISF, the 1.62 lakh personnel robust paramilitary designated because the nationwide civil aviation safety pressure, will take over the Leh airport safety after a proper induction ceremony scheduled for August 4, officers stated.

CISF Director General (DG) Rajesh Ranjan and senior officers of the AAI and Ladakh UT might be current in the course of the occasion, they stated.

The pressure has a particular aviation safety group (ASG) to offer counter-terror cowl to the airports and it has taken over such passenger amenities at Srinagar and Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) in February and March respectively.

Air India, Vistara, GoAir and SpiceJet function industrial passenger flights between Leh and Delhi.

A brand new passenger terminal on the airport is being constructed at a price of Rs 480 crore and is anticipated to be accomplished by September subsequent yr.

Handover of the three strategically vital and delicate airports of Srinagar, Jammu and Leh to the CISF was expedited after Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Davinder Singh was arrested from Srinagar in January whereas he was allegedly ferrying three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists.

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