To make safety checks faster and error-free at India’s hypersensitive airports, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) acquired clearance from the Public Funding Board (PIB) to put in full-body scanners that may lower down the passenger frisking time by half.
These full-body scanners will likely be put in at 4 airports within the nation together with Kolkata, Chennai, Pune and Goa.
In July, the federal government had floated a young to obtain 131 full-body scanners– that lower down the common passenger frisking time to fifteen seconds from the present 30 and 600 new hand baggage scanners at over Rs 1,000 crore at airports run by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) however it was later withdrawn because it wanted clearance from PIB.
Given that each one the funding plans with an estimated price of Rs 500 crores and extra fall underneath the purview of PIB, the preliminary proposal was to put in 131 full-body scanners and 600 new hand-baggage scanner machines at 43 airports that embrace Amritsar, Goa, Srinagar, Jammu, Leh, Varanasi, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Raipur, Tirupati, Bhopal, amongst others at over Rs 1,000 crore at airports run by the AAI.
Nonetheless, in a latest assembly between stakeholders concerned within the security and safety of airports, it was determined that as an alternative of going for the set up in a single go as per the unique plan, the PIB gave its nod for the set up of full-body scanners within the 4 airports that witness most footfall amongst all airports owned and managed by the Airport Authority of India (AAI). The assembly was attended by senior officers of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Bureau of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Residence Affairs and others.
“After evaluating the success report of full-body scanners at these 4 airports, different airports within the queue will get the power on the earliest. Within the assembly, varied elements like procurement, set up, coaching of safety personnel and operations had been mentioned,” mentioned a senior official.
In keeping with officers, these millimetre-wave technology-based full-body scanners work on the precept of physique contours, i.e. these are designed to detect objects that might be hid within the physique.
“Because the proposal wants approval of PIB, it was reviewed and now full-body scanners will likely be put in at 4 airports together with 13 scanners at Kolkata, twelve at Chennai, eight at Goa and 5 at Pune airport. These airports fall underneath the hypersensitive class as per BCAS”, added the official.
The AAI manages 137 airports in India, which embrace 24 worldwide airports, 10 customs airports, and 103 home airports.
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