150 CISF personnel to guard Juhu Airport

The specially-trained personnel will carry weapons like AK-47s and INSAS rifles and will have a vehicle-borne Quick Reaction Team (QRT) to respond to any emergency.

Updated: Jan 05, 2011, 16:13 PM IST

New Delhi/Mumbai: More than 150 specially
trained CISF personnel will guard the Juhu Airport, an
important airbase for helicopter operations in Mumbai.

ONGC helicopters-- ferrying personnel to and from the
Bombay high oil rig-- and those belonging to other private
companies are a regular feature at this base which shares its
boundary with the sea.

A contingent of 174 Central Industrial Security
Force (CISF) personnel has been sanctioned by the Union Home
Ministry recently and the deployment will take place soon.

The airport is sensitive and important as it handles
all the major helicopter based sorties in Mumbai city and a
threat assessment found it essential to be guarded by trained
and equipped police personnel, sources said.

The CISF squad, to be headed by an Assistant
Commandant rank official will soon place their communications
and other infrastructure at the base, they said.

The specially-trained personnel will carry weapons
like AK-47s and INSAS rifles and will have a vehicle-borne
Quick Reaction Team (QRT) to respond to any emergency.

According to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) the
airport can handle six helicopters at a time.

The CISF also handles the security at both the
international and domestic airports of the city.

PTI