No-fly zone, UAVs; Mohali set for epic clash

Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 11:24 AM IST

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: Even as the excitement over the India-Pakistan epic encounter reached a crescendo, the security agencies, Monday, left no stone unturned to secure the city before the March 30 World Cup semi-final clash, to be witnessed by the Prime Ministers of both the countries besides other VVIPs.

The airspace over the tri-city (Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula) has been declared a no-fly zone with Indian Air Force choppers on operational stand by for surveillance. Fighter jets would also be maintained at operational readiness at the Ambala Air Base, from where the fighters can be over the city within minutes.

Moreover, the specialist technical intelligence gathering agency National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) is said to be tasked with carrying out air surveillances using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - used during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The security of the stadium has been entrusted with central forces with a very limited role to be played by the state police. The multi-tier set-up includes the Special Protection Group and the National Security Guard.

The Taj Hotel, where both the teams are staying, has also been turned into a fortress.

Besides the two premiers, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi would also be there at Mohali. Her son Rahul, daughter Priyanka and Son-in-law Robert Vadra had earlier announced their plans to catch the action live.

A host of state Governors and other high ranking dignitaries are also expected to be there in Mohali to cheer for the teams.