Days before the highly anticipated consecration ceremony at the Ram temple on January 22, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing security cover for the newly inaugurated “Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhyadham.” This marks a significant move as the central government sanctions over 150 CISF personnel for anti-terrorist and anti-sabotage duties at the 68th civil airport terminal under the specialized Aviation Security Group (ASG) of the central force.
A contingent of more than 150 armed CISF personnel, commanded by a deputy commandant-rank officer, has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to ensure the safety and security of the Ayodhya airport. This move comes in response to the perceived threat to the facility, as highlighted by a previous report from Press Trust of India (PTI).
The decision to involve the CISF in securing the airport was based on a thorough review conducted by central security and intelligence agencies. The professional security cover provided by the CISF was deemed essential for the safety of the airport, given its strategic importance as an air gateway for pilgrims and visitors.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, in a statement last year, outlined the gradual enhancement of the airport’s capacity. He mentioned that the airport’s first phase, spread across 65,000 square feet, will be capable of handling two to three flights every hour. The ongoing construction includes a 2,200-meter runway, accommodating aircraft like Boeing 737 and Airbus 319 and 320.
Scindia also disclosed plans for the second phase, which involves increasing the runway length to 3,700 meters. This expansion aims to facilitate the landing of international aircraft such as Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 in Ayodhya. The second phase of the airport will cover an area of 50,000 square meters.
Powered by Yes Mom Hosting