Sunday, June 27, 2010

Security at its best in Delhi

Delhi Police chief Y.S. Dadwal reviewed the security arrangements at two Commonwealth Games stadia on Saturday.
With 99 days to go for the Games, the police chief inspected arrangements at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium and Talkatora Stadium on Saturday.
He said they would “lock-in” all the stadiums one month before the Games.
“We will take over all the venues a month before the Games. We are working in close co-ordination with the paramilitary forces. The venues will have air surveillance and we are also in touch with the concerned agencies for the same,” he said.
More than 80,000 strong police force including 860 commandos have been deployed at the venues. Apart from this, members of the National Disaster Response Force will be on guard to prevent any kind of “biological and radiological contingencies.”
The entrance at the National Stadium that will host the hockey events has been equipped with road jammers, tyre busters and roadblocks. Plainclothes policemen as well as men in uniform will be on guard at all the security gates. “Only people with requisite gate passes will be allowed entry. There is a separate security plan for all the venues,” said the officer.
He added that the preparations for the security arrangements were begun in July last year and there would be a “venue commander” of the rank of additional commissioner of police at the 12 venues.
“We have developed a matrix and it is unique for every venue. Every movement in the venue will be according to that,” he said. On being asked if the police was planning a separate helpline for tourists and delegates during the Games, Dadwal said, “We already have a number of helplines and before the Games we would go for their extensive publicity.”- Hindustan Times

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