LAHORE, June 8 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday launched the Integrated Security System here at the Allama Muhammad Iqbal Airport, making it the first in the country to have a modern security system.
Director General Airport Security Force (ASF) Major General Sohail Ahmed briefed the prime minister about the system that would help ensure better security of the premises, aircraft and passengers.
The ASF Director General said that National Engineering and Scientific Commission of Pakistan (NESCP) completed this high-tech control room in four months at a cost of Rs 400 million, six times less than the cost of imported security system.
The control room would remain operational round the clock to monitor any suspicious activity, movement and alert the authorities at the airport, he said, adding that the system had the capability to monitor area in one kilometer radius in pitch darkness.
He said the the Security Force Control Room had been connected with the Pakistan Army and other security agencies. There were 17 monitoring screens in the control room with 350 LED lights and 144 cameras affixed in the airport premises.
ASF DG Sohail Ahmed said that the system had been on test run since February 24. It was the first airport security system manufactured indigenously. In Asia this system was also being used China, he added.
He said it was a pilot project and its scope would later be extended to Islamabad, Karachi and other major airports of the country.
The prime minister was appreciative of the quality of the system. He said expansion of the Lahore airport should be done in a meaningful manner, keeping in view the expected increase in number of passengers and air traffic in the next 10-15 years.
He termed the infrastructure an asset for the country and said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would impact all national sectors and generate economic activity.
Adviser to Prime Minister Shujaat Azeem also briefed Nawaz Sharif on measures taken for enhancement of facilities for the air passengers.
He was informed that since January 2014, 14 new aircraft have been added and nine more to be included in the fleet of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) by the end of this year. This was the first time that the PIA had inducted such a large number of planes in such a short period of time.
Shujaat Azeem said the projected fleet size by year end was 44, with an average fleet age of nine years.
Minister for Defence Kh Muhammad Asif and Director General Civil Aviation, DG NESCP Air Vice Martial Arshad Khan and officers of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) were present during the briefing.