Hyderabad: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Shamshabad, was one of the seven airports in the country where multiple security breaches occurred during the last four years.
According to Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, maximum number of security breaches occurred in 2012, while there was no breach this year. RGIA is the sixth-busiest airport in India by international and overall passenger traffic.
Officials said internal security that is taken care of by the CISF at RGI is foolproof. The external security has been beefed up by the TS government by deploying state special police permanently in the surrounding areas. The elite OCTOPUS force is also deployed in the area for any emergencies.
Cyberabad senior officials say that the external security of the airport has been doubled after the new state came into existence.
Airport officials said that time-bound deployment of CISF personnel, deployment of quick reaction teams, and regular monitoring of security arrangements are being done to improve security. The airport authority is providing funds for upgrade of technology and other measures for tight security.
“We are also strictly following the security guid-elines issued by BCAS without any fail,” said an official.
Cyberabad police commissioner C.V. Anand said that they have developed a Standard Operation Procedure for the external security of the airport.
“A team of OCTOPUS is posted at Shamshabad apart from the Telangana Special Police and local police. The special police have installed pickets, and the force covers all access routes to the airport,” he said.
Shamshabad DCP A.R. Srinivas said that airport security is one of the prime concerns of the local police. They are collaborating with the other wings of security forces to make the security better, he said.