Taj Mahal, Red Fort owe CISF Rs 6.5 cr for security: Govt

New Delhi: World Heritage sites like Taj Mahal and Red Fort owe an outstanding amount of more than Rs six and a half crore to the Central government for security related expenditure, official figures state.

"An amount of Rs 322.65 crore is outstanding against user PSUs and other organisations towards cost of deployment of CISF as on March 31 this year," Union Minister of state for Home Affairs Ajay Maken told Lok Sabha today.

While the Taj Mahal owes Rs 437.07 lakh to the Central Industrial Security Force, the Red Fort owes it Rs 215.47 lakh for the security cover provided.

Both the heritage monuments have an approximate deployment of around 250 CISF personnel each.

During last three years an amount of Rs 1342.45 crore (2007-08), Rs 2114.45 crore (2008-09) and Rs 3014.98 crore (2009-10) has been received from PSUs and other organisations towards deployment cost of CISF, Maken said.

Among other dues, large and 'sensitive' airports like the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi has an outstanding due of Rs 330.63 lakh, while the Mumbai airport has has to pay Rs 124.03 lakh till March 2010.

Among the steps taken to recover the outstanding amounts, Maken said, "Monthly position of outstanding dues against each PSU is worked out and intimated to each unit commander to enable him to liase with the respective management for expeditious clearance of dues."

"Senior CISF officers while on inspection to units always discuss the status of the outstanding dues with the management and the matter is taken up regularly with administrative ministries of the PSUs concerned for early clearance of outstanding amount," he said.