NEW DELHI: Delhi Police and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) have installed six bulletproof shields in the forecourt of Delhi’s IGI airport — the most vulnerable area. With the introduction of these bulletproof shields, IGI is the first airport in the country to have such a robust security shield in its forecourt.
Officials said that the forecourt area of each terminal is 200X50 meters each, and two bulletproof shields each have been installed at Terminal 1, 2 and 3 strategically. The mobile sheets are 8mm thick.
An official said that only in Srinagar, passengers bound for the airport and their vehicles are checked one kilometre ahead of their arrival. “Here, nobody is checked personally before entering the check-in area, so there are chances of an attack in a crowded place,” the official said. The number of staffers deployed outside has also been increased.
An official said that the bulletproof shield is designed to protect from gunfire or explosive devices. One person each is deployed at the forecourt, keeping an eye out for suspicious activities. The shield not only absorbs bullets and fragmentation, but is also designed to not dislodge from the host furniture even when under continuous assault.
With this measure, IGI airport becomes the second after Srinagar to have a three-layer security check before passengers board their flights.
DCP (airport) Sanjay Bhatia said the staff is sensitised regularly about newer ways to ensure passenger safety is never compromised with.
Apart from this, the Delhi Police recently also introduced a kiosk at Terminal 3 as snatching and theft had started to become a common problem with close to two lakh people flying in and out of the airport. The kiosk was set up so that flyers can seek police assistance there instead of trying to figure out the nearest police station. It is manned 24X7 and flyers can book e-FIRs there. Similar kiosks would be opened at terminals 1 and 2 as well.
The vehicles heading to the airport are also checked thoroughly. Police said there are several barricades where the vehicles are made to stop, first for checking by Delhi Police and then also by the CISF.