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BCAS tightens security instructions for airports as poll dates near

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With the Model Code of Conduct in place for the general elections, the Bureau of Civil Aviation issued instructions Friday to strengthen measures at airports to curb the movement of unauthorized arms, goods, cash or bullion.

The BCAS circular asks the ro share records of commercial flights and private aircraft or helicopters with the (CEO) of the state and the of the district in which the airport is located.

It says the of chartered aircraft or helicopters should be shared as early as possible, preferably half an hour in advance.

Voting in the Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23, the announced on March 10.

The Model Code of Conduct came in to effect with the announcement of poll dates.

The BCAS circular says that apart from measures to strengthen the at regular commercial airports, special measures have been introduced to check flights from "uncontrolled or remote or unserved" airstrips, aerodromes helipads, private airstrips and waterdromes.

The of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the and the ATC will inform state police, the BCAS and the about these flights from remote airstrips in advance, the circular says.

"DGPs (of Police) of states shall deploy police units to check these flights during Code of Conduct as per direction of and extant rules and regulations of BCAS in this regards," the circular states.

It also says that the operators of all private aircraft and helicopters must declare the contents of the baggage, suitcases, etc, carried on these flights to the of the states, DEOs of the districts, the and the

With an aim to keep strict vigil over movement of cash through all airports, the and (CISF) must be extended "all requisite cooperation" for checking and surveillance activities, according to the circular.

"This will be over and above what CISF is otherwise doing," the circular adds.

The officers of BCAS will be conducting surprise inspections of these airports to check the compliance of these instructions, it says.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 20:55 IST