Chidambaram reviews CWG security

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 21:22

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday
reviewed the security measures for the Commonwealth Games
starting October 3.

Top officials including Home Secretary G K Pillai, Delhi
Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal and senior officials from
Intelligence agencies and National Security Guards briefed him
about the measures for the mega sporting event.

Dadwal is understood to have given a presentation on
deployment of security personnel, traffic management and
contingency plan for emergency.

A four-tier security apparatus with Army back-up will be
put in place during the Games. However, so far there is no
specific threat to the Games.

Over 10,000 athletes from 71 countries and 500,000
spectators are expected at the Games.

According to the security plan, athletes, officials and
guests can visit the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium only by bus and
no VIPs, except the heads of state, will be allowed to take
their cars in. Parking arrangement has been made for 150 buses
at the stadium.

Each of the 13 competition venues for the Commonwealth
Games will have a tight security ring and special arrangements
will be made to transport the athletes to and from the Games
Village. Helicopters carrying commando snipers will keep an
eye on the convoy.

This is aimed to prevent incidents like the attack on Sri
Lankan cricketers in Lahore in March 2009.

To ensure fleet security, each of the 574 vehicles to be
used for ferrying athletes across the city will have to
undergo mandatory anti-sabotage clearance every morning before
athletes board them.

Besides, after the takeover of all venues and the Village,
security agencies will start their work for erecting metal
barriers, tyre busters, CCTV and metal detectors and conduct
anti-sabotage drills.

"The security will be similar to that in Parliament," an
official said.

Mock security drill will be held by security agencies and
electronic bar codes will be provided to authorised cars and
buses.

The security forces are likely to take over the venues
from September 7, a week before the arrival of the first batch
of athletes and officials.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 21:22

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