Airports owe CISF Rs 970 crores, and Delhi Airport tops this list with Rs 788 crores yet to be paid

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 09, 2018 11:41 hrs
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Airports in the country owed the Central Industrial Security Force an amount of Rs 970 crores.

Rising crude prices have taken a toll on the health of various airlines, but a PTI report indicates that even Airports, with some of them as large as the Delhi Airport have not been paying for the services of CISF.

The report quotes CISF's Director General Rajesh Ranjan as saying that the Rs 970 crores were yet to be received from Airports in lieu of CISF's security services.

Of the total dues, private or joint-venture airlines owed Rs 88 lakhs while airports run by Airports Authority of India owed the national security agency Rs 90 crores.

Delhi International Airport (DIAL) owed the maximum- dues of Rs 788 crores were pending according to Ranjan.

He was also quoted as saying that the ministry of civil aviation and home affairs had been appraised of the dues and said they were "expert ministries" to figure out a solution.

Ranjan further added that any call on withdrawal of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) from these airports, owing to the dues, can be taken by the two ministries as they are "authorised to take a call on that."

The CISF tasked as the security force to guard civil airports provides security cover at 60 facilities.