Air­ports’ Dues to CISF Swell to 735 crore

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New Delhi: Air­ports owe ₹ 735.3 crore to the Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force (CISF), the para­mil­i­tary force that guards them, with Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port (DIAL) ac­count­ing for close to 90% of the to­tal.

Ar­rears from 59 air­ports across the coun­try have swelled 39% in the past one year, which has prompted CISF direc­tor-gen­eral OP Singh to write to avi­a­tion sec­re­tary RN Choubey to get the out­stand­ing amount cleared.

“Out of the to­tal pend­ing dues of ₹ 735.33 crore, an amount of ₹ 655.40 crore re­lates to DIAL alone,” ac­cord­ing to the June let­ter. Singh urged the sec­re­tary to in­struct the Air­port Author­ity of In­dia and pri­vate air­port op­er­a­tors to clear the ar­rears.

The es­ca­lat­ing ar­rears is a mat­ter of grave con­cern. It has at­tracted ad­verse com­ments from statu­tory bod­ies in­clud­ing the Comptroller and Au­di­tor Gen­eral and the Par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Home Af­fairs, the let­ter said.

DIAL, which runs Delhi’s air­port, said the pas­sen­ger ser­vices fee (PSF) it col­lects is not enough to meet the se­cu­rity cost at its air­port.

“As per the state sup­port agree­ment signed over 10 years ago, we are au­tho­rised to col­lect ₹ 130 per pas­sen­ger to re­im­burse salaries paid to CISF per­son­nel man­ning our air­port. How­ever, af­ter the rec­om­men­da­tions of the 7th Pay Com­mis­sion came into force, av­er­age salary shot up by 100% or more. The num­ber of per­son­nel, too, has dou­bled to about 5,000 since Ter­mi­nal-3 opened. The funds have in­creas­ingly be­come in­suf­fi­cient to meet salary re­quire­ments,” DIAL said in the emailed re­sponse to ET’s queries.

Of the to­tal pend­ing dues, Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port alone ac­counts for 655 cr

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