Cuttack: At least 63 platoons of police, 300 officers, four quick response teams (QRTs) and two anti- terrorist squads (ATSs) will be deployed in Cuttack city for the India-South Africa T-20 match to be played at Barabati stadium here on Monday.
Besides, nearly 150 close-circuit TV cameras will be installed at vantage points, including all entry points of the stadium to keep tab on the situation during the match.
This was stated by the twin city police Commissioner R P Sharma who briefed the police force to be deployed for the first T-20 international cricket match scheduled tomorrow.
Sharma said 25 platoons (one platoon comprises around 30 personnel) of security personnel, including armed police like OSAP and SOG personnel, have been deployed in the state capital and in Cuttack.
Similarly, around 60 armed police have been deployed in the Cuttack city for the match. To keep a close watch on the spectators and the crowd during the match, 150 CCTV cameras have been installed inside and outside the stadium. This apart, four QRT would be deployed for emergency operations, the Commisioner said.
Emphasis has been made on the traffic management of the city on the match day.
Meanwhile, players of both the teams have arrived at Bhubaneswar yesterday to a rousing welcome amidst tight security. The players are to join net practice at the historic Barabati stadium, all set to host a successful match with its outfield and pitch well prepared.
However, showers on Friday and yesterday in Cuttack city have put the match organisers OCA and enthusiastic cricket lovers in a tizzy.
Director of Bhubaneswar Met Centre S C Sahu has said an upper cyclonic circulation exists over North Andhra Pradesh, South Odisha and adjoining parts of West Bengal.
"Under this system, sporadic rainfall will occur in parts of Odisha for next three days," Sahu said.