These trained SPOs will have powers to fine (e-challan) passengers, visitors and staff violating safety rules within the airport premises.
In view of the shortage of manpower in the police department in the face of challenges amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, director-general of police Telangana state Mahendar Reddy has authorised GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) officials to enforce the government orders to make sure passengers comply by wearing a mask at the airport at all times.
“Accordingly, 20 officials of GHIAL were appointed as SPOs to safeguard and help in the enforcement of Covid-19 safety guidelines. These special officers’ authority will only be limited to imposing a penalty on passengers, visitors and staff who do not follow the Covid-19 safety guidelines within the airport premises,” read a press release issued by the airport authorities.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport police station, Shamshabad and other Cyberabad police officials imparted training to these SPOs.
They were trained on the usage of the software and procedure for generating e-challan.
Initially, the Cyberabad police officials will handhold the GHIAL officials during the enforcement drive.
Thereafter, they will work under their overall supervision.